out on her own before that
So many of us girls are conditioned, and allow ourselves, to believe the fairytale - that we need someone else to be fulfilled. It's such a strong meme that even the strong, 'independent', and adventurous, of us fall into the trap. Films continue to perpetuate a supposed misery in being single.
As a Libran, a believer in romance (not flowers and chocolates, but the meeting of souls), I fell hard, many times. Lost myself even, despite my inner strength. How I could have stretched and breathed and journeyed otherwise.
For when a woman is left too much alone, sooner or later she begins to think;-
And no man knows what then she may discover.Edwin A. Robinson
Alone is not loneliness.
Alone is freedom.
Freedom to discover everything you are.
If I could go back and tell me young Self anything, it would be that. I hope my daughter will believe it.