As I ring in my 26th birthday in 30 minutes 🎂, my 25th birthday trip to #scotland comes to mind. The satisfaction I felt to have seen the most beautiful destination (again) reached beyond anything I’ve experienced. It should be on your bucket list, too, next year. 

Sometimes, I seriously cherish the idea of going to a theme park all by myself, get some cotton candy, go on a few rides, or even go on the merry-go-round without the fear of who is watching me!

I wouldn’t want to be surrounded by family or friends to behave like a 5-year old lost in Disneyland. However, going around the world – in other words, flying solo – is a prospect often related with this weird notion that an individual roams alone when they hit a nadir. Nothing could be further from the truth. You may find that traveling alone, often without a reason, works well for you. It can be so much more fun than traveling with a bunch of friends or family members. These adventures will teach you how to tune into yourself for totality and peace. But the best perk of roaming alone: you will meet different types of people that you had never imagined hanging out with!

So in 2019, I did something I’ve never done before.

I decided to write about it.

Here it goes. I decided to spend my Christmas in Scotland among strangers: best decision of 2019!

12 hours after landing, I took the first train out to the Scottish Highlands. It was a sunny day in December and I had just arrived in Oban from Mallaig, alone.

Just like any holiday town, Oban was tucked away in glory and circled by water. I was not really sea-sick because I was too excited to embark on the trail – from one end of the town to the other. I traced the horse-shoe shaped path to stay on dot and reached the finish point. And that took 30 minutes. That was the trail.

Then, I had my first whiskey tasting experience at Oban Distillery.

Most people stigmatise whiskey as a pretentious hobby for the rich. We, as naive learners, connect 2 + 2 to make 5. The stigma around drinking whiskey or any type of alcohol, exists. As long as people are going to stigmatise whiskey, they will automatically stigmatise the rich. And that’s where the second problem lies: connecting every problem we have to the rich.

Yes, it is true that whiskey is ‘presented’ as an elitist commodity, though now the change in marketing tactics is being used to promote whisky beyond the rich. High society snobbery that is associated with whisky is soon going to dwindle. The market is swarming with the newest brands of whiskey players in the market. They are more energetic and trying hard to become approachable.

The new rule of drinking states that it is a fun activity to be enjoyed with folks. So why can’t we just keep our confusion, our stigmas and our grudges aside about drinking, and have a good time in the bar? Do you need more incentive to change your mindset?

Here’s another one.

We are still waiting for good things to happen to us. I repeat: we are waiting for good things to happen. No more bad days, no more failures, no more losing we say. But everyday is the same. And so, we never make that impulsive decision. We never climb Mt. Everest. We never take that road trip in Spain. And all that is understandable. But we don’t have to do everything as ordinary people.

At least we can enjoy the small things like having two cheat days in a row and still hitting the gym. We can go out twice in a week and hang out in our favourite place. We can message that crush of ours and ask him or her out on a date. We can do so little and still be happy.

I agree that there was no need for using this post about whiskey to talk about the other stuff too. But sometimes, I am so flustered by the thought of us faking it all out all the time, when in fact, this journey means constantly rediscovering what makes us happy. Can’t we just drink that glass of whisky?

Now I truly feel like doing things differently. I feel like being truly authentically myself. So seriously drink! Maybe you’re starved. Drink. It’s all good!

If you still looking for a reason to complain, you can always talk to me. Just hit me up! I am always ready to hear people’s problems out. I am always ready to sprinkle your problems with a little bit of laughter.

Note: In this article, Aishwarya describes a visit to Oban in 2019.

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