Moving abroad has been a big dream of mine for many years, but also a dream that I never thought would actually come true. Moving away is a big life change and the process has been long. There has been a lot of paperwork, preparing and hair tearing along the way. That being said, no regrets. It has just been very hard mentally and very time consuming. I am super stoked to go, but I am also very nervous at the same time.
I am a very family orientated person. Even though I’ve travelled a lot and sometimes for longer periods of time I’d never been this long time away from home. I know it will be the most amazing adventure ever, but I also know that I will experience some sort of deprivation leaving my family and friends at some point. A lot of thoughts are going through my head before I leave. There are definitely a lot of things that I will miss out on like birthdays, family holidays and creating new memories with friends.
My decision to move abroad will not only effect me, but also people close to me, and that is actually the hardest part about leaving. I know my family wish me all the best, but wouldn’t every mom wish their kid to settle down somewhere close? At least not 11000 km away. I know my family is having a hard time with me moving that far away because we are so close.
I’ve tried to mentally prepare for the big goodbye, but every time I think about it I get sad, so I must admit I pushed the thought away. It is going to be tough to say goodbye to family and friends, but the long awaited day is tomorrow. It helps me a little bit to know there are so many ways to keep in touch these days. Facebook, Facetime, Snapchat, Instagram and my blog are all ways to take family and friends with me on this adventure and experience it with me first hand. I know it’s all going to be worth it in the end and I am excited for all there is to come! This is my dream, and I am going for it!
Imi Loa// To seek far, explore