“Bravery” and Other Myths of Living Abroad

In this post I will be quoting the lines of an article that nails it to the point and that speaks from my heart. It is for those people taking the wheel, living their own lives and those that are not afraid to live the life they always imagined – sometimes the people around you won’t understand your journey. They don’t need to, it’s not for them.

When it comes to embarking into the unknown, luck has nothing to do with it. So this is my message to all of those who have ever told me that they wish they could do what I’m doing, that they aren’t brave like me – if only they could have the confidence to travel and live abroad! My response is this: You can, but when it comes down to it, I’m betting you don’t really want to. Because those who you really want to travel abroad, they will travel abroad. Traveling abroad is more accessible than ever, and a person who yearns for adventures and new experiences that come from setting off will make it a priority. 

If life’s priorities are building a prestigious career, building up a saving’s account, or starting a family with roots, cheers. If life’s priorities involve plane tickets, new experiences, or learning a language, salute. But the latter do not want to hear from the former that they have more luck or more bravery. We have chosen our priorities, just as you have chosen yours, there is no right or wrong, there is no lucky or unlucky, and both groups have worked hard to get where they are. 

Recognize your priorities, follow them and own them, and I will congratulate you on making your dreams come true as you can congratulate me on mine.” 

Some of these words may sound a bit harsh to you but I know for a fact that those that call themselves wanderers, roamers, nomads or the like face much more criticism for their lifestyle than those that have a house with a white-picket-fence, two children and a dog. So this is us speaking up for ourselves – no criticism intended.

Inspired by Verge Magazine

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