When my aunt asked me to buy something from the shop around the corner when I was around 12, I was too proud to tell her I couldn’t do it. But when I had to cross the street to actually go, I was terrified. That’s how I was as a child. My mom was (still is) a very protective woman. She would not let me go anywhere on my own. As a result, I was both scared and eager to break free. And boy did I do that!
When it was actually time to choose a university I chose to move to İstanbul and study a double degree program that would let me live in Liverpool for a year. Ofcourse I also jumped on the chance to do an Erasmus exchange on my third year in Amsterdam. So I had my share of moving around and these are the things I’ve learned so far.
- All the prejudices you had about other nations are probably wrong.
- You are going to get really annoyed when you hear about their prejudices about your country.
- But you should not feel obliged to represent your country. That is a heavy weight to carry on your shoulders.
- It is incredibly exciting to move to a place where you don’t know anyone or anything. Like heart-attack exciting.
- It is difficult but extremely freeing to be able to take care of yourself. Except when you are sick. Not fun.
- Just because you moved away from your hometown doesn’t mean the first city you move into will be a perfect match for you.
- You will meet a lot of people that you won’t keep in touch with. Sometimes it will hurt but mostly it will feel natural.
- You will also lose contact with many people from your hometown and that will feel natural too.
- Sometimes you will be very lonely and that is going to be a great opportunity to get to know yourself.
- If you move more than once, it is highly possible that you will be in constant state of missing people that are not in the same place as you are.
- Being out of your hometown is not equal to being outside your comfort zone. There are beds and Netflix almost everywhere.
- You might have been bored of your hometown before but you are probably going to look forward to visiting it.
- When you visit you are going to start seeing people and places in a new light.
- People are probably going to see you in a new light too.
- You are going to hate visas. SERIOUSLY.
- At the end, you will experience great things.
What did you learn from traveling or moving?