I’m not the first and I won’t be the last. Moving away from home is something that many of us have done, and I am a firm believer that it is something we should all experience. Even if it’s for a couple months, moving away from home teaches us things that we can only learn from doing so.
Making a more long term decision on my own to move to a different country has taught me a lot in these 9 months (HOW DOES TIME FLY SO QUICKLY)!
- The real world is REAL – Island life is sweet you all! Don’t take it for granted! With Mum and Dad right around the corner or in the same house as I had it, trust me you will have to get accustomed to some things that you take for granted. For example, a serious lack of food. No more Mum asking what you want for dinner, or always having a full fridge, or your Granny asking you the second you reach into her house “ya hungry, come let me make you something”. The motivation to cook a big Sunday lunch just isn’t there cause the family isn’t around the enjoy it, let’s just say popcorn has become a serious dinner option.
- Say goodbye to a routine – Maybe it’s just my field of work but I’ve gone from having a pretty steady routine to the complete opposite. Work is the priority and everything else seems to come secondary to that. This often means lots of morning workout cancellations or scheduling late night workout sessions. It also means that unlike a typical 8-4 and serious countdown to a weekly Friday night lime, your weekend might not even exist. Also, tasks like washing clothes, running errands and even grocery shopping seem to happen at the most random times (yes Walmart at midnight? Just kidding but you dig?)
- Convenience – Everything seems to be overly convenient. Like you go to the bank and get through within 10 mins of being there, or you line up for coffee and you literally are in line for two minutes and get “oh I’m sorry for the long wait miss, your coffee’s on us”. Is it bad that I’m complaining that things are too convenient lol? Well yes, it is because now that I’ve been spoiled by this I’ll never be able to go back 🙂
- Music – I have this theory that the type of music you listen to changes depending on where you are living. Okay maybe it isn’t my theory but it has proven to be accurate. I find myself now constantly hunting down the newest Caribbean music just so I could be in the loop. I have also been going deep into the archives and listening to all the old school favorites.
- You spend a lot of time alone – I am by nature more of a loner and I’m someone who craves alone time. But I now have A LOT of alone time. P.S. I don’t just mean that I’m sitting at home alone moping around, BUT coming from a huge family where every gas/grocery/errands run involves at least one sister and a friend in the backseat of the car it’s safe to safe that all of the above is now done solo.
- Hard work pays off (or is still paying off?) – Making the decision to move was literally a year long process and it took a lot of hard work for me to be able to do it. Looking back now, and thinking of myself a year ago seems crazy and sometimes I can’t believe how much I made happen in that time.
- Where my real friends at – I’ve never doubted my friend group, they are literally the best friends ever. But moving has just confirmed this because of how damn much I miss them.
- I have a travel bug – who doesn’t always want to travel. I’ve been lucky in my life to have traveled a good bit but I have this serious craving for adventure. Not just meaning getting on a plane and going to a different country but I’ve become obsessed with doing new things and searching for adventure even in my own city. A different country or city won’t hurt either 🙂
- Personal growth – for those who know me, you know I’m shy/quiet/reserved/ (resting bitch face- yes I’ve heard it all). Like I said above I keep to myself a lot. But living alone in a land where everyone is hustling and on a personal mission to be the best of the best, you can’t just sit by and watch everyone else move forward and wave them goodbye. I’ve been forced in the best way possible to step out of my shell. I’m a PRO at networking, could you believe? And guess what, it’s so fun and I love it! I’ve met so many people and made so many valuable connections. Connecting with like-minded individuals has to be one of the most rewarding feelings ever.
- Home is always home – No matter how much things change, Trinidad will always be my home. When people ask where I’m from or where I live or where I call home, the answer will always be Trinidad. My family is there and that’s what the hardest thing about this whole adventure is. Home is where my family is.