We live in a society where it seems everyone exudes confidence and self-assurance, and that can leave those of us with insecurities feeling even more insecure.
You see friends and colleagues jetting off on wild adventures or taking the next big steps in their lives, and it probably makes you wonder, "How can I be confident enough in myself to do these things too?"
The answer is actually staring you in the face, or rather what those people on social media are doing is actually the answer, and it will help you to escape your insecurities once and for all.
So the answer to your introspective question is really quite simple: travel.
According to Danny Kane, "To travel is to take a journey into yourself."
Traveling can actually be the cure to getting out of your head and finding that independence you've been looking for. Whether it's a solo trip, one with your best friends or one with your family, traveling will expose you to adventures and trials that will bring out the inner warrior in you.
Traveling gets you out of your comfort zone
Traveling is a great way to literally remove yourself from everything that makes you comfortable, which, in reality, is keeping you in a rut.
You can be exposed to new cultures, languages and ways of living that could really help you to get out of your shell and be more comfortable with who you really are.
Traveling helps you to find the spice of life
This can be both literal and figurative because most likely traveling will involve eating lots of delicious food but also be a way to spice up your normal routine.
Go to an all-you-can-eat buffet and eat like no one is watching. Take dance lessons and go to a club and dance with a stranger. Wear bright colors to stand out and not blend in with your surroundings.
Spicing things up while traveling will only give you more courage to spice things up at home.
Are you usually a backseat, let-everyone-else-make-the-decisions kind of person? Well, traveling gives you the chance to take the reins and be the one at the wheel of your life.
You can be the one to decide where to go, what to do and who you want to do it with. You can be the leader holding the map and guiding the group. Traveling gives you the chance to be the trailblazer you always knew you could be but let your insecurities get in the way of.
"The life you have led doesn't need to be the only life you have," said Anna Quindlen, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992.