If you haven’t seen the new movie, “How to Be Single,” you should grab your girlfriends, sneak a bottle of wine in your purse, and go. Just go.
Not only is it laugh-out-loud hilarious, but I guarantee you will resonate with at least one of the women (Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann) and her experiences with men. I saw myself in each of their stories, actually, from the uber-independent “I don’t need a man to have a baby…but I want one” character, to the more subtle, “too slow to realize that what we thought we wanted might not be true anymore” character. Above all, the moral of the movie is that we do need someone to be there for us in life, and that great girlfriends will always be.
However, I think one crucial storyline is missing from the movie: the traveler.
Travel can open up a world of possibility for a future career, relationship, or lifelong friends. Travel educates us in the ways of the world; we learn how and where we fit in. Travel shows us that we are stronger, braver and more capable than we thought we could be. Travel, in short, teaches us about who we are and what we really want in life.
I wouldn’t be where I’m at today if it weren’t for both travel and great friends. And despite what many might think, my solo travels only strengthen my friendships because true friends will encourage you to chase your dreams and support your inner growth.
Sometimes, they’ll even hop on a plane with you.
So when life gives you lemons (of the male variety or otherwise), you should definitely keep wandering, all the way to Costa Rica [or insert paradise here] where you can add vodka and make the best tropical lemonade you’ve ever had.
At least that’s what I’m doing.
I’m booked on a one-way ticket to live la pura vida, where three of the best, most supportive, most encouraging women in my life will join me to bring in my 30th year in style. Cheers to a new decade!
So even though Hollywood doesn’t always get it right, this is your single life. Buy that plane ticket and go write your own movie.
Have you seen “How to Be Single? If so, what did you think? Do you agree there should be a traveler in the mix?