THIS WEEK'S DEAR JOHN LETTER!
I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my very first passport, which will be here any day now. My travel adventure out of the country will take place a few weeks after New Year's and will be for one week.
I have two problems: first, I plan to travel alone, although I will have a friend meeting me when I get to my destination. No one I know is happy about this, except for me. I've never done anything of this magnitude alone, but I'm sure I can handle myself.
Second, the friend with whom I'll be staying is someone I'm very close to, but have never before met in person. I (a woman, 47 years old) have done a lot of research into the area where I'll be going, as well as the life and business of my friend (also a woman, 45 years old) to cover all my bases regarding my safety. I will have enough money with me to assure a place to stay and everything for the week I'll be there in case anything goes wrong.
My question is, how do I get past my family's and friends' objections and get them to see that I am ready for this, and they don't need to keep lecturing me about how dumb I am? They're not going to change my mind, and they're not going to be happy for me. I can't explain enough that I need to do this for myself, and that I will be fine. I don't want this to be a fight anymore.
Signed - Prepared for Launch
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