You don’t need someone else’s permission to follow your heart

I returned home from that trip with a subtle but powerful shift in the way I make decisions.

Polaroid style photo of Susmitha, short haired Indian lady, wavy forelocks partially covering her face, staring at the camera with a serious expression. Sunlight falling on her face, blurred background of trees and people. Right Text: Things I learnt about myself while solo travelling. Bottom Text: "It's a completely new experience for me to have absolute control and responsibility for myself and the way I spend my time." Text Under Photo: Giardino Degli Aranci, Roma.

Two years ago today…

I’m enjoying a delicious vegan meal on an Emirates flight, heading out on my first solo trip. I have no clue of the unimaginable ways that experience is about to change and enrich my life!

When you’re traveling alone in a strange country, walking around, exploring, and having meals by yourself, there are many opportunities for contemplation and learning.

Three days into my trip, I’m finding my way to the Giardino Degli Aranci (a small hidden treasure of a garden in Rome).

I’m completely lost. 😂

My phone battery’s low, so I can’t risk keeping the map open. This means it’s wrong turns galore.

I bravely walk and walk, through deserted lanes. And as the sun descends in the sky, I figure there’s a strong possibility of me aimlessly wandering the streets of Rome well into the night. Hehe

But I manage to find the garden just in time for sunset.

View of Rome, Italy from the Giardino Degli Aranci. Top half: the sun setting in the sky. Bottom half: lots of old buildings and some trees.
View of Rome from Giardino Degli Aranci

The atmosphere is beautiful.

Lovely orange trees, not too much of a crowd, a high vantage point over the city, someone singing, couples being sweet and cozy…

All that walking? So worth it!

As I sit on the parapet wall watching the sun set over the old buildings of the city, I feel a complex mix of emotions.

Pride in myself for being on this solo adventure. Joy and gratitude for the beauty around me.

A hint of loneliness, wishing for someone to share the moment with. A sense of immense freedom.

I can stay here for as long as I want and continue wandering around afterwards without being tied to anyone else’s plans.

It’s a completely new experience for me to have absolute control and responsibility for myself and the way I spend time!

Once you get a taste of that, you’re hooked. It shifts your perspective on your life, your own self, and your incredible potential.

I returned home from that trip with a subtle but powerful shift in the way I make decisions.

When my soul tells me to do something, I just do it without feeling the need to seek permission from anyone else.

There’s so much more I learnt in Italy, but I believe that the confidence to trust my own heart was the most precious lesson of all.

You don’t have to get lost on the streets of a strange country to embrace freedom in your decisions. Just start tapping into your higher self and let your intuition guide you.

And when your soul whispers an inspiring idea into your mind, don’t wait for anyone’s permission to follow it. ♥️

This article was written by Susmitha Veganosaurus

Susmitha Veganosaurus is a light worker, holistic business coach, vegan chef, joyful vegan transition coach, podcaster, meditation guide, and multi-passionate entrepreneur. She helps people make happiness, fun and self-love their highest priority through her podcast (The Feel Good Factor), workshops, courses, talks and online coaching programs. She’s passionate about teaching people to lead frictionless, fulfilling vegan lives. And she mentors conscious women entrepreneurs, helping them grow their business with a focus on self-care and a mindset of abundance. Note: Susmitha is pronounced “sus-me-tha” (and not “sush-me-tha”).