I watched this Ted video by Brene Brown when I was on my whirlwind business trip to Europe and Asia.

She starts the talk by saying:

“Connection is why we’re here. It’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.”

She goes on to talk about the vulnerability of those who feel disconnected and the reasons for this. (Please watch the whole talk, it’s very engaging and entertaining.)

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I grew up here. And I felt quite disconnected for the first 18 years of my life. I felt the same when I first moved to Los Angeles. The first few years  could easily be categorized as disconnected and vulnerable.

You have a microcosmos of that feeling when you go on a long trip by yourself. There’s a certain level of isolation (and therefore vulnerability) that you might never experience in your normal environment and it gives you an opportunity to thrive. Change.

This feeling of being an outsider enables you to really get to know yourself. Who you are. Your place in the world.

Isolation in itself is not bad.

Turns out, being out of place gives you the space to be.