“You’re off to new places. Today is your day.”

The first few days of my adventure were a bit of a blur. They were filled with goodbye tears, flight stress, jet lag, and next to no sleep. But they were also filled with unexpected sights, new friends, and a newfound confidence.

You can’t go on an adventure without being scared or getting lost or feeling homesick. Well, maybe you can, but I can’t. Through the not-so-fun things, like getting completely lost in a big, new city, I have realized that:

1) It’s okay to feel afraid. Adventures are scary. That’s what makes them fun.

2) Getting lost is not the end of the world. You’ll find your way—and maybe even find yourself on the way, or at the very least a cute cafe.

3) Just like Whinnie the Pooh says, “You are braver than you believe and smarter than you think.”

These “life lessons” aren’t uncommon. They’re the same ones you’ve heard from your mom or that wise, old man down the street or even Pooh, but they don’t really sink in until you’ve experienced them first-hand. So go on a random adventure. Do something that scares you (even if that’s talking to a stranger on the bus). You’ll learn things about yourself that just might shock you.