I can’t tell you how badly I want to move. Sometimes when you live somewhere your whole life, there comes a point where you start to feel restless and what you want more than anything is a new experience somewhere else. I’m pretty much at that stage right now.
I think it’s great that people can move around and that they don’t have to stay where they’ve grown up or always lived. It’s nice to know that somewhere can and will always be your home but that you can also have the experience of living somewhere else, especially if it can benefit you more than where you previously were. It’s like a way that you can get the best of both worlds and I want it so badly.
I’m lucky in the way that I work from home so I can pretty much get up and move to wherever I want and still be able to keep writing and blogging for my job. I know a lot of people want to move but can’t because of work, but this isn’t my situation so in a way I feel like I have nothing to lose by moving because my work isn’t affected by it. I don’t know this for sure but I think people that work from home are the minority and I feel lucky to be one of them, which is why I want to take advantage and make the most of it by living wherever I want so I can be happy while also continuing to write because it’s what I love and am paid to do. This kind of flexibility makes sense to me when I think about moving.
Another reason why I want to move is because I don’t feel like Auckland has much to offer me. If I’m honest, I’ve found it pretty hard and stressful to find a job because so much of the time it hasn’t work out, even though I’ve tried really hard to increase my chances and make it happen for me. Maybe that’s just bad luck, but at the same time it does make me wonder if maybe I just need to live somewhere where there’s heaps more opportunities for me due to living in a large city and/or country. This is how I end up feeling like I’m limited in Auckland and it makes me feel disheartened when I think about how to go about getting work in the future if I stay here.
I still want to live in Germany but I’m only 20 and I have my whole life to make that happen. Also I think it’s too much of a move for me and maybe I’m not quite ready to move all the way across the world, so far away from my family and friends and into a country where I don’t know anyone. I don’t want to dive into the deep end and then find myself struggling to swim. Plus, I don’t even know how I would cope with being that far away from everyone and everything that I know…it might just be too much for now.
Australia makes sense in terms of moving because it’s so close to New Zealand, I’ve been there heaps of times and I know it better than I know any other country (besides my own, obviously). I know that I would feel totally comfortable living in Australia and I think the fact that we’re quite similar in terms of culture and lifestyle means I can relate to them (the people) and it (the country) a lot more. Plus, Australia is somewhere which I would really love to spend more time in, in a general sense. It’s also close enough for me to still be fairly close by and I won’t feel like I’m too far away from home, since it’s only a short 3 hours away on the plane (whereas Europe is a solid 30 hours).
Even though I really want to move, I’m still feeling kind of scared just because the idea of moving is intimidating to someone who’s never lived anywhere else before. I guess it will always be sad to think of leaving the things that are so familiar to you, but I’m focusing on the bigger picture and all the ways that it can benefit me.
Lucy Rebecca x