Have you ever wanted to move out and live on your own? Well, some of us have done it, and some who are still struggling in finding the place that they can definitely call home. Moving to another city or country is not always icing on the cake, it can also be the fish-bone stuck in the throat! A lot of people dream of living in another country for at least some time during their life. Moving to another city or overseas can change your life for the better, and there are whole reasons why people decide to move to another country. Living overseas can offer new opportunities, new lifestyles, new careers, and a new direction. Moving gives you the chance to leave your past behind and reinvent yourself. You become a different person when you finally move back to your actual home.
If you are looking for reasons to move, here are some of the most relatable points that I have agreed on.
1. You discover yourself
Being lonely in a strange place brings you closer to building an intimate relationship with yourself and getting to know yourself better than before. Being alone gives you the liberty to discover who you are, what you truly want, and don’t want without any distractions or influences from people close to you, whether it is close friends, family, or just familiar surroundings, societal and cultural norms you grew up in and were taught to believe in. Living in another place is an eye-opener, especially if the place is far from you originally are.
2. You become independent
Being independent is something everyone learns progressively in their lives. Some learn it in a hard way, and some learn it in the easiest way possible. Being independent takes a lot of courage as you have to process it and learn how to face unfamiliarity on your own. Moving to a new city or country where everything is new, everything is unfamiliar; you need to become stronger than you actually think you are! Unfamiliarity can make you feel insecure and scared at first, getting to know the different environment soon becomes familiar. You learn how to process everything in a period of time.
3. You test your limits
Sometimes we need to take a leap of faith to find out what we’re capable of. While it may be impossible for you to imagine saying goodbye to a place you’ve called home for a long time, making the move to another city or country is a great way to see just how far your limits go. And if you can do that, who knows what else you can do?
4. You become more open-minded and adaptable
Nothing is the same, and you have to adjust to everything while in a new city and country, from road rules, choices to choose from in day-to-day life, to people’s attitudes and common behaviors. You have to keep an open mind and continue to learn new things, like social etiquette, the education system, the healthcare system, the country’s history, and cultural beliefs. With time, you know that you are no longer scared of change, and you learned to embrace change. You start to find stagnancy and complacency boring. Later on, you become addicted to the excitement of discovering new things and adapting yourself to and trying to understand the new surroundings.
6. You learn to build connections and network
Since childhood, we are surrounded by a group of networks – from schools to family, family friends, and friends of friends. When moving to another city or county, you don’t have these networks, which means that you need to learn to build it up, especially for business, work, and career progression. Though it is challenging at first, you must believe that you will be able to do it. Once you become confident, then you can overcome any of these issues and have faith.
7. You build a new identity
In the new place, you are a new brand there, and if you have moved from something bad, then making a new identity is the best that can happen to you. With more self-knowledge about yourself, you can become who you truly want to be without any influence or distraction from others. The new people in your surrounding do not need to know about who you are, where are your from or who your parents are. Some couldn’t care less about your background. Your new identity is not something wrong or misleading; it is just something that will help people in your new surroundings to know you more. That new identity will be part of you, and when you move to your old city, then you will get to discover yourself more.
8. You trust your gut instinct
Everyone has doubts and questions about situations and things, sometimes we get professional help, and sometimes we help ourselves. Trust your gut instinct and make the best decision that will help you in the future.
There are endless reasons as to why you should move once in your life, but be sure that the decision to move out of a place is not that harsh or quick. Take your time to focus and learn more about the risks and benefits of moving to a new place. Talk to people you know who have moved to other cities and ask them how it is.