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This month I have not only moved to another country alone but also moved out of my family home at the same time. Yes, I know that this sounds ridiculous to American’s, twenty-one years old and only moving out now?! Let me just explain that in Ireland we often go to college in our hometowns because accommodation is very expensive for students and it’s quite common to stay living at home until you finish your undergrad course.
Now that that is out of the way, let me fill you in on this process. I’m sure there are plenty of you out there who are about to embark on the same journey of moving abroad alone, or even just moving out from home. So let me fill you in on a little secret, yes it is daunting as you know, but honestly, once you do it, it is so freeing.
Yes, you have to try and make some new friends and that process can be hard, yes you have to find new everything, local shops, coffee shops, grocery stores, cute boutiques, good restaurants, and even the bad restaurants, so as you can continue to avoid them at all cost. You and you alone have to find all of these places. However, this is fantastic, so much more than I thought it would be.
By doing this you get to leave the boring routine you’re stuck in and make up a completely new one for yourself. Yes, some of that you can’t control because of college or work, but the rest is up to you and you alone to decide!
On the other hand, it can be lonely at times, yes you will get homesick every so often and you may even get sick and start to hate the trip (me as I write this), but in the end, it is worth the experience. Even while sick and wishing I could be in my own bed and cuddle my boyfriend, a large part of me doesn’t want to leave the freedom of Spain.
Living alone is an experience that allows you to grow on so many levels, doing it in another country . . . now that is a privilege and if you ever get the chance to do it, trust me when I say you should.
If you think you’re too shy, too quiet, too nervous, then you are exactly the right person for this, living alone in a foreign country is the perfect thing to let you blossom.