5 life-changing benefits of spending some years abroad

5 life-changing benefits of spending some years abroad

5 life-changing benefits of spending some years abroad

Eat, work, sleep, and repeat, right? Hell Nah!

Why settle down for less when the world is out there for you to explore. You might think ‘easier said than done’, well unless there are health limits, a Pandemic going on, Visa restrictions, or extreme budgetary limitations to you, then, there is no reason left for you to stay in your hometown forever.

A shark in a fish tank will grow 8 inches, but in the ocean, it will grow up to 8 feet or more. The shark will never outgrow its environment, and the same goes for you. Change your setting and watch your growth.

It would be better for us not to get attached to a person, place, organization, company, or project; we should instead connect ourselves to a mission and a purpose.

Let us remind you of some of the benefits that you never thought you could gain through spending years abroad that will surely help you get closer to your purpose.

The apparent benefits that complement your life will be:

Exposure to new cultures

Learning new languages

Getting to know the country’s job market/school system

Creating a wider network

Trying new culinary tricks

Skills on managing your finances

Creating unique experiences and memories

Now, let’s get a bit personal, shall we? Beyond career aspirations, we all seek to become the best version of ourselves, right? Challenging ourselves now will bring a better us in the near future. Many of us see change (i.e. moving abroad) as discomforting, and we seem to rather avoid challenges that may cause potential discomfort in our lives.

You can bet every dollar that any person you aspire to be or idolize has at least once in their lifetime experienced discomfort, needless to say even heart-breaking challenges in life that brought them to the successful place they are now. Humans have each other to listen to; you could learn from others’ experiences and not necessarily ‘learn from your own mistakes’. So hear us out when we mention some of the benefits when moving abroad for some years, that the inner you needs;

1.     Empathy

This is a significant personality trait to have. Being outside of your hometown where you got so used to seeing how people live and perceive life, you will deal with so many new perspectives on life. There is no better feeling than being heard and understood, you will be reminded of that since you get to face so many struggles, hardships and experiences of others. Making international friends will remind you how small the world is, and how interconnected we as humans are.

2.     Independence

When living abroad, you will finally get a sense of taking matters into your own hands. Making such a big decision to change your life either temporarily or permanently, will boost up your confidence. You will start being more decisive and start believing that you do not need a sibling, husband/wife, family or society to decide for you and your wellbeing. The challenges a new city brings will sooner or later make you overcome them, thus making it easy for you to believe that you can do it all on your own. It will be shocking but so exhilarating to see what you’re capable of achieving.

3.     Inspiration

A big yes goes to inspiration no matter your personality or career path. The monotonous routine never did any good to anybody. Spice up your journey in this life by challenging yourself to think outside the box. The box, aka the childhood/teenage limited perspectives, the short-minded people around your neighborhood, the uninspiring goals of your company, the conservative thoughts, the societal pressures, etc. Think outside of these limits, give yourself new and better perspectives. Inspire to be greater.

4.     Life skills

Beyond the google search of ‘How to’ do this and that, you are capable of many things as a human being even though you might think you don’t have the information. New experiences help people evolve. Not having a phone doesn’t mean the end of the world. You will see that you possess skills that I bet Siri or Alexa never will have.

5.     Finding Inner Peace in a Chaotic World

You will learn how to make the best out of the situation, adapt, go with the flow, and embrace the uncertainty. Living abroad may bring challenges that you never thought of, but that’s the chaotic world. You, on the other hand, will gain patience, acceptance, and self-care. To learn how to deal with the chaos, you will have to give some time to yourself. Living abroad brings out this aspect of life quite a lot, what is it that you want, what is it that you need?  You will find yourself focusing on more profound things in life rather than the superficial ones.

Not many things will faze you after your time abroad. Exposing yourself to new and different worlds will undoubtedly have a positive impact on your professional and personal life. More experiences are always better than none. Seek out the best version of yourself, take that step, and move abroad!