Try hard and then, try harder.
It’s been three years since I quit my job with these grand plans of studying, working and living in Australia – looking for opportunities that let my talents shine and further challenged me to discover ones I never knew I had. What was originally supposed to be a great adventure and step towards my career and personal goals, turned into a hard-hitting reality check. Jobs weren’t easy to find and living here was a daily hustle. Homesickness came in waves and the winters were gloomy reminders of lonely lows.
Time has just flown by since and the fact that it’s been a while since I moved here has made me more contemplative. I went around in circles, wondering…what is my life purpose? What am I passionate about? Why am I not moving ahead with what I thought I wanted to do? I guess, there’s no one thing – you change, you grow, you adapt. You don’t just go by the book; you write your own too.
I’ve been the first to point out every downfall and roadblock. But reality check aside, these past three years have also been amazing and such an eye-opener in so many ways. I have learnt and done things I never imagined I’d be interested in or manage – sharing a house with a stranger, cooking, moving to the countryside, working with sheep and cattle, going to concerts alone, solo travel, embracing different cultures – some big and unexpected lifestyle changes. These may seem irrelevant but really, they’ve taught me skills outside of any desk job or cliché success story. It taught me to be patient, resilient and creative to find solutions in difficult situations. It taught me to be empathetic and grateful.
Life lessons come in different shapes and forms. It took all of that and more to finally get ahead of my set ways and pride and think outside the norm. It look many rejections to really think about my purpose and work hard to get to a point where I could action it.
As I see it, after all this time, don’t dream it’s over.
In trying to fulfil others’ check-boxes I kept denying myself the opportunity to grow and truly realise my potential. It took stripping myself off all of those preconceived notions and any pride to let myself really conquer my fears but also showcase my talent and potential.
Don’t let anyone else dictate your journey because they’re not the ones living it. You are and so you should, on your own terms.