I grew up with three awesome brothers and parents who were present for everything. I could count on one hand the evenings I spent alone before I moved out of my parents' house. I still remember the first time i ever went out and did anything by myself. I was 21. I had fallen in love with @theheadandtheheart and wanted to see them live. I asked around but couldn't find anyone who wanted to go. I almost left it at that. how dumb is that- to not do something you're dying to do because none of your friends want to? it took some [liquid] courage but I bought a ticket and went to the concert alone. it was amazing. It's been nearly 6 years and this album still reminds me of the first time that I chose to be independent. now i live 3,000+ miles away from my family. I'm in a career that takes me away from home a lot and so is my partner. I miss him every day we're apart but I'm so glad I found the confidence to do things on my own. so here's to Friday night and independence- i'm having a cocktail, taking an evening stroll, listening to the head and the heart, and feeling thankful that the times I would have sat at home are in my past.