I haven’t posted in a while and I’m still trying to find the perfect topic but in the meantime, I found something I wrote last year.

Now I realise this has nothing to do with politics,history or economics but please bear with me…

Imagine this. Being surrounded by an unknown creed of people, everything different and new, you are scared. Personally, I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, but you know, I’ve realised this is how we grow as people. This is a learning that no teacher or book can teach you.

Understanding different cultures and developing tolerance towards different people is an invaluable trait that living in a different country instils in you. It is truly humbling to be surrounded by people who don’t look anything like you, don’t share the same the language or the culture. You’re vulnerable and it can feel lonely and isolating sometimes, you will miss having fun with your pals in your own language or being able to strike conversation with a random stranger or just the simple feeling of belonging to the place. It is this loneliness and vulnerability that will force you to go out of your comfort zone and interact. Having the courage to go out of your comfort zone is a quality that not many people possess. It is what will help you to explore opportunities that you didn’t even know existed. After all everything you’ve ever wanted, lies on the other side of your comfort zone.

Einstein famously quoted,” intelligence is not the measure of one’s IQ, it is their ability to adapt under different situations.” I think another precious quality that you develop by living in a different country is that of adaptability. Coming to a new place without any real support network means you will create a new one and forge links in ways you wouldn’t have before, it will open you up to new friendships and new people. Adaptability in my opinion is the greatest skill of all because it will help you thrive in any situation life throws you in. It will help you win at life.

Some days it will be very hard. You will want to leave everything, quit and run back home.It is all part of the process of learning. You will slowly keep on finding yourself looking for reasons to stay. You will learn to stand up for yourself and your culture and traditions. Seeing people in a different country being so proud of their traditions and culture will make you proud of yours, which let’s admit it, a lot of us aren’t. Maybe sometimes you will be asked stupid questions about your country or maybe be commented on because of your traditions. You will feel horrified sometimes, helpless but this is what will allow you to grow a thick skin around you.

Having lived in another country myself, I learnt a lot of things. My school had students who had their origins from 25+ countries. This meant I had friends who were Greek, Mexican, Armenian, Australian, Czech, Hungarian, British. They all had different habits. Sometimes they used to get on my nerves and I’m sure some of mine got on theirs as well. Now as I look back at it, I’ve realised this made me understand that there so many different people beyond our own lives and I personally feel it made me more tolerant towards different people.

I cannot tell you whether moving to a different country is for you. The only thing I can say for certain is that it is an experience like no other. It’ll help you grow in ways you can’t imagine. You will come out on the other end as a much more aware version of yourself.


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