My life has been all over the place these past few years; since I moved to Halifax from Ottawa for university. Once I was there, my program had me moving around every four months to complete internships (a great program btw). Now top that off with an exchange to France and a month long backpacking trip. To give you an idea, in 2015 I lived in France for 4 months, Ottawa for 4 months, and Halifax for 4 months. So what has all this moving around taught me? Keep reading to find out!
1. Goodbyes become easier
Whether saying goodbye to old friends after visiting home, saying goodbye to new friends you meet while traveling, or parting ways with school friends when graduating … goodbyes become so common that you rarely shed a tear. It’s not that you don’t care about the people you are saying goodbye to, you just stop seeing it as a sad thing. A see you when I see you, versus a goodbye forever.
2. Hellos become easier
Especially from backpacking, you are perpetually meeting new people and making new friends. Social awkwardness becomes a thing of the past.
3. Less materialistic lifestyle
When you are constantly moving, the idea of packing up all your random shit every time becomes unbearable. So you toss, donate, or sell all the unnecessary items and save a hell lot of money not filling your home with bits and bobs or filling your closet with every new trend that appears on Kylie Jenner.
4. Packing becomes second nature
This applies to moving and travelling a lot. When you pack so often, you tend to know what you need instantly … or you just have a go-to packing list handy.
5. Short term thinking
Less than ideal situations become easier to deal with, because you realize it’ll never be a permanent issue. This means that if something is shitty, there’s always the next place to change things up! For example, boy drama wont take over your mind, as much, because you know you’ll be leaving soon (and no one seeks out long distance relationships). To make it even simpler (and less sad than that example, if you are a hopeless romantic), if you’re not that fond of the hostel you’re staying in, it’s not like you’ll be there for that long either! Suck it up. ;)
6. No solid friend group,
It’s harder to have a solid friend group when you aren’t around long (meaning a group of friends in which you are good friends with everyone in it). Of course you’d have a few solid friendships in each place, but they tend to be your source for hanging out with groups of people.
7. BUT you always have international friends to catch up with
You’ll cherish all the friendships you have scattered around the world. You may not see them often, but when you do it’s like no time has passed. Added bonus: a place to crash for free when you travel!
8. Adventure Awaits
Can’t avoid the cliche, but at least here’s a warning … When you move around, you constantly have an opportunity to change your life for the better! Take risks, there’s a higher return on the reward.
All this being said, I am not seeking out a life where I will never have a place to actually call home, but I’ve really appreciated how I’ve grown as a person from these experiences. With a 2 year visa to live in the UK, this will be the longest stint of living somewhere that I’ll experience since university began. Luckily, the move is to London, my dream city. Now let’s hope I don’t get stir crazy!