Just another girl trying to find her place . . . all over the world.

I’ve Always Relied on the Kindness of Strangers


As crazy as it sounds, I have. I’m one of those people that believe that people are genuinely good, yes there are bad actions but no bad people.

My friend and I took a spontaneous road trip to Muskoka on Sunday for Canada’s day. We contacted so many people on CouchSurfing but no one was available on such short notice. So we decided to find 24 hour parking and just sleep in the car. We went to a Tiki Bar where we drank and danced the night away til a guy wanted to dance with my friend. When he found out we were sleeping in the car he would not have it, we were sleeping in his basement where he had a spare bed. Sure he may have wanted to sleep with one of us but in the end he showed us to the bed and left. We even got a tour of the city afterwards.

I’m not saying to stay with whoever you meet but be open to people and to new experiences. When you walk down the street smile at a stranger. When you’re at a grocery store say thank you to the person helping you.

The world is a big and beautiful place and too often we forget this. So next time you’re on your way to work or school or wherever, stop and look around for a second. Think about how lucky we are to be alive and how the Earth is perfectly positioned so that we can live.

I believe one of the most important things in life is not to be afraid. It’s good to be fearless and to see how far you can go.

I’ll let you in on my biggest fear. My biggest fear is that I will let fear stop me from doing things I love. That the fear of heights will stop me from seeing some wonders of the worlds. That the fear of being raped will keep me locked in the rest of my life. That the fear of being kidnapped will stop me from talking to strangers and making new friends.

It’s just that we have all these things that can help us see the world and have all these incredible experiences but the fear the media makes us feel prevents us from doing this.

Just get out there and stop being so scared of what you don’t know.


Author: Nicole Rae

20 year old girl who went cross-country to university only to wind up hating it, came back home to rediscover her love for books.

6 thoughts on “I’ve Always Relied on the Kindness of Strangers

  1. I’m completely agree, don’t let fear ruin your life. Love the post :o)

  2. I LOVE this post! It’s exactly how I’ve always felt! I would think to myself: “If I’m scared of something, then it’s probably going to be an amazing experience”, and it has ALWAYS proved true. (Obviously because I’m still alive lol)

  3. Couchsurfing is one of those things that symbolizes leaps of faith. If you ever stop by Singapore, you know where to find me 🙂

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