Moving abroad doesn’t always come easy. And if it does, it is usually followed up by challenges and lessons. You learn early enough in your life that living comes with challenges and lessons. They’re good things, because – let’s be honest – without them there’d be no personal growth. And that’s one of the reasons I moved abroad. But enough of mainstream words about life. I took some time to look back on all that happened within this one year that I already spent in Amsterdam and I’ve discovered a lot of lessons that I learned and challenges I faced. There’s too many to write them all down here but here’s a few in a short read for you:
Just because there’s saved up money, doesn’t mean you can be on “holidays” at the start of moving abroad.
No. It doesn’t mean you have time to find a way to earn. Make it happen. Money will be tight at one point. And at another, you might want to reach back for savings. Earn your way to holidays. But also, have a job you don’t constantly want to escape from. Moving abroad isn’t for suffering in a job you don’t like.
Know your worth!
Speaking of jobs, don’t let yourself be exploited and used. I worked 6,50€/hour for two months, many hours a day, some weeks with only one day or no day off. That wasn’t life. And I was sick two or three times and even worked with a fever in retail, selling food. Facing people and forcing smiles. No. That’s not you. And if your boss/bosses cannot understand that and cannot value you but see you as easily replacable and/or a working robot, I’m not sure that’s your place to be. Rethink. And know who you are. Moving abroad is not to be humiliated.
Seize chances and opportunities!
Do not be discouraged by a bad situation you are in. It’s a temporary situation that you can change. See when chances and opportunities wave at you. Recognize them. Make them your chances if need be and take them. Dare to take a step towards a better workplace and future. No one else is gonna move your feet because they’re yours to move. So be strong and step forward. Moving abroad is also for opportunities.
Not everyone is how you like to imagine them to be or how you think you know them.
This one’s really tough. Either you’ll give someone too much – time, love, money, attention, trust – or they’ll disappoint you out of nowhere. It happens. It’s not like you didn’t know before. You probably have. But life tends to keep reminidng you. But hey – listen here. In those situations I also learned how much old/real/close friends still care and how good it is to have and keep them. See the good that comes from the bad. Moving abroad isn’t for getting down or giving up.
One more: If you bump into a car accidentally and aren’t sure if your insurance covers the damage but you’re already surrounded by the owner of the car and four of his male friends and a police officer happens to drive by – TAKE. PICTURES. OF. THE DAMAGE. And get a damn report. (pardon my French)
The last one was a bit specific. But a true story. </3
Have you moved abroad?
How did it go for you?
What else would you add to this list?