What I have learned living abroad

Decisions. It controls the direction of our life. But how do we know that we are making the right ones? What if everything goes wrong? Well, after one year living abroad I can tell you one thing: In the end, you’ll learn.

What I have learned living one year abroad

Aoraki/Mount Cook, New Zealand

I do not mean that it’s going to be easy. It won’t. But the feeling when you’re out of your comfort zone is just impossible to describe.

Looks like it was yesterday that I took that 22 hours flight, without sugar, heading to New Zealand for an exchange program.

I had just finished my degree, had a job and a good position coming up, friends, a lovely family, my dad’s car to go out on the weekends and a dissatisfaction in my face.

I had to change. I had to find something out. But change what? Find out what? Myself. Yes, I had to find myself.

Job, family, friends, dreams, priorities, realisations, spiritual life … How many times do we get lost in the middle of all of these? With the course of our life, professional future, etc… I decided to take a time to myself. Work enough to survive, live a simple life without much comfort, do not make long term plans, live the moment.

I have learned a lot during this whole year. A lot. Learned that you do not need much to be happy. Realised that you’re able to do whatever you want. Discovered that work in an office or cleaning cars it’s not such a big deal. It’s just a job, what matters it’s you, not the position you have. And to be honest, working cleaning cars was the funniest job I have ever had. Realised that cook is not that hard. Actually, it’s fun. What about the laundry? Well, it’s easy, hard is to understand English on the phone when speaking with a native speaker. Learned to enjoy more the moments, even though it’s just a short time, and make them unique, special and unforgettable.

Well, I think when you’re out of your comfort zone, you see the world from another side, a better one, where the impossible is just another word in the dictionary and everything depends just on yourself.

Lake Pukaki, New Zealand

In this journey of living abroad, you might get lost, end up living in a car for a couple of weeks, feel the happiest and saddest person in the world during the same day, you might fell in love.

Get lost in order to find yourself.

Renato França

Graduated in Computer Science, travel, technology and nature lover. Left job, friends and family and started this journey in order to find myself.

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