Everyone should move abroad at least once. Bold statement I know, I’ve lived abroad for the past six years in two different countries and loved it. It was joyous and it was heartbreaking at the same time. But with all the heartache of living so far away from family, it made me get up and get motivated to see a world that I wouldn’t have ever seen had I stayed on Australian shores.
Now that I have returned to Australia after living in London and Paris, I look back on those time with so much fondness, of the times when we were sipping cocktails watching the sunset from a rooftop in Rome (just before it poured rain) or the time where we hired quad bikes and rode around Santorini exploring the beaches.
Today I thought I would share the four main reasons why I loved living abroad and why you should move abroad at least once.
Learn more about yourself than ever before
There is something about being thrown into a situation that makes you think on your feet. You are thrown into a unique situation and you just need to figure out the solution. In those moments, it really opens my eyes to and made me the person I am today.
Live in the moment and learn to enjoy present
A lesson I learnt from Eckhart Tolle in his book The Power Of Now:
Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.
Because all we ever have is now.
Instead of living on my phone and constantly connected to FaceBook, I learnt to be present and enjoy the moment. When I was wandering around the small town of Ravello in Italy, all I wanted to do was take photos, (its a stunning little town!) but I would have missed out on walking the mesmerising little streets and taking in the stunning view. So I put down my phone, walked hand in hand with Mr.V and was present. That moment was years ago, but the memory feels like it was last month.
Open-minded and independent
Being open-minded isn’t something that came easily to me if you have read My Story, you know I struggled with being open-minded and seeing things from others peoples view. When you open your heart and mind to possibilities, it is rather incredible what the universe will deliver to you.
And finally, you should move abroad at least once as it will help you to realise how amazing you are!