Because if you don’t, then you’ll never know. And if there’s one thing that people regret most on their deathbed it’s exactly that: regret.
The thing is that in the present moment, our minds create huge mountains out of molehills and literally keep us stuck. They want to keep us safe, free from harm – and they would absolutely hate for us to get hurt. Which is all very lovely, but it doesn’t help us in anyway. Better yet, it holds us back big time.
And I know that like no other having suffered from anxiety disorder for ages. I did however manage to find my way out: taking the leap into the great unknown chasing after my heart’s desire of moving to Florence, Italy.
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What this experience has given me is so valuable that I can’t even express it in words. It has allowed me to discover parts of myself I didn’t know I had, it has forced me to step out of my comfort zone and fall flat on my face, it has allowed me to get my act together again and soar to the highest heights, it has shown me how much and how little culture actually means, it has given me a life that is so full of surprises and joy that I cannot but recommend taking the leap into the great unknown.
Is it scary? Yes. Is it hard? Yes. Is it lonely? Yes. Is it challenging? Yes. Is it uncomfortable? Yes. Is it frustrating? Yes. Is it disappointing? Yes. Is it ridiculous? Yes. Is it boring? Yes. Is it stupid? Yes.
No one ever said it was easy
Yes, it sometimes sucks big time to live in a place that is literally out of your comfort zone. But no-one ever said it was easy. And that is maybe the most important thing to remember when diving into a new, thrilling adventure: that it requires perseverance, work, patience and especially a very open and flexible mind.
It requires the willingness to sit with the discomfort of new surroundings, of new people, of a new language, of new food (Italy makes that one pretty easy, though), of a new job, of new habits and accepting the new normal that isn’t anything like your old normal. Yes, it is extremely uncomfortable sometimes. But that is exactly what stretches us into our new selves and that is fulfilling beyond measure.
Just. Do. It.
So, if you’re wondering if you should break up with your partner, sell your house, change jobs, set up your own business, move countries or go travel around the world, I would say: Just. Do. It. Not because it’s going to be easy, or always fun or exciting. But because it will give you an experience that will allow you to grow stronger roots within yourself and bigger wings to help you fly to higher heights.
Again, yes, it will be hard – and sometimes you’ll ask yourself what the hell you are doing – but then one day, it will make sense and you’ll feel comfortable in your new skin. That skin that feels a little bit more like titanium every day. And when you’ll look back on your life, you won’t have to wonder what it could have been like, because you’ll have your skin, with its scratches and its scars, to tell you a story of a fully lived life. And that right there is absolutely priceless.
Photos: Christine Juette
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