Do you know how scary it is to get up and leave your comfort zone and move really far away, where you don’t know a single soul? A couple of years ago, I created a courageous goal to move across the country to Scotland. And in 2017, I am (finally) going to do it.
Your twenties are your years of freedom, before buying a house, settling down and being a real grown-up. We all come up with a million excuses why we should stay and the fear of the unknown stops us taking chances, but with great risk comes reward. Here’s how I know I will be okay moving away:
I will make new friends
Making new friends doesn’t mean I will forget about my current friends. But it means that I can meet new people and expand my friend’s circle. As well as making new friends, a new environment will also allow me to reinvent myself.
I will learn about another culture
I am really inquisitive and when I visit a new place I like to immerse myself in my surroundings. You can’t go to a new place and be stuck in your own ways. You’ve got to embrace everything around you. Right, now where’s the shortbread?
I will be independent
I am already a very independent person, but moving across the country I know that I can only depend on myself. I’ve spent most of my life living with my parents and now I want to take responsibility for my own life, make mistakes and learn things in my own way.
I will let out my inner extrovert
I’m an ambivert – part introvert and part extrovert and sometimes going out in a social environment can be tricky, when all I want to do is stay in, watch films and eat pizza. Going somewhere where you don’t know a single soul can leave you spending a lot of time on your own. I am one of those people who loves their own company, but I also want to get out there and meet new people. And there is no way in hell I will let my social anxiety get the better of me.
I will find my own way
Every day we wake up, get ready and go through our day, usually on autopilot. Moving to a new place will make me more present. I will have to find my way around the transport system, I will have to find a new coffee shop to go to and will have to learn about my surroundings from scratch until I get acclimatised.
I will grow as a person
Growth can be very uncomfortable at times, but life is all about getting comfortable with the uncomfortable. I will learn things about myself that I never knew and I will become a more confident and brave person.
I will have freedom
I can eat shortbread at 2am, or I can stay in and watch Netflix all weekend. The world is my oyster.
I know home will always be there
If I come back home in two or three months, it’s okay. The most important thing is that I took a step out of my comfort zone and explored a new place, lived on my own and created new experiences.
My choice to get up and move across the country is really ballsy and I am scared as hell. But even though I know I will be faced with new challenges, I know I will conquer them all because I’m ready to go all in with an open mind and an open heart. I hope this inspires you to face your fears and go for what you want, no matter what it is.