For most of my life, I have been a fairly risk-averse person: I (almost) always followed the rules, stayed out of trouble, didn’t play any high-contact sports (or any really, for that matter), I even stayed in my hometown to go to university to save money. I had always been too afraid of going outside my comfort zone or trying something new. But the biggest risk I ever took was picking up my life and moving overseas to England.
When I look back, it’s hard to believe I even took the risk & giant leap of faith that I did. But I did. It was scary and I didn’t know what was going to happen, how I would manage without my family or friends, or what my “new” life would be like. But I took the leap and it’s probably the best decision I ever made. It may have also been the scariest, but here’s what I learned along the way:
- I’m stronger and more resilient that I ever thought I was. I used to have a mentality of “Oh, I can’t do that” but after moving 1000s of kilometers away from my family and friends, I have more confidence and faith in myself and my abilities. Now, when I face a challenge don’t revert back to my old ways of thinking but instead think “If I can move over to England, I can do this” and now my mentality has totally changed. Doing something I never thought I could do means that I now have confidence to do oh so much more.
- I learned the value of having a strong support system, no matter how far away they are or how often you get to see them. Family and friends will always be there for you, even if it just a text away. It helps you to feel the love and support, from no matter what distance.
- I learned that facing risks and adversity (whether chosen or not) is a part of life. Life is not always going to go the way you think it is, or the way you want it to, so embracing the challenges instead of running away from them is a whole lot easier and will make you stronger than you ever know.
If I had not taken the risk that I did (as scary as it was!), I wouldn’t have travelled the way I did, made the amazing friends that I did, nor would I have grown personally the way that I did. I wouldn’t have learned the things about myself that I did.
So, what’s my advice? When faced with a decision that turns out to be a huge risk, take it. The rewards will quite likely be worth it, and if not, I guarantee you will learn something about yourself you never knew before.