It’s almost time. You made the decision! You’re moving abroad! Congrats. It will be life changing. You will learn about yourself, you will learn about others, you will learn about the world. And you get to see the world.
But despite all this, maybe you feel uneasy. Even anxious. That’s okay. It’s exactly how I felt and how many other people felt before making the move abroad. I hope you know it’s completely normal.
The 5 fears I had before moving abroad:
1. You feel like you’re missing out. A.K.A. FOMO.
For me, I was moving at the end of the summer, right after graduation. My friends were moving to different places and my parents moved out of our house. During the year, it was hard to watch my friends visit each other, while I was halfway across the world. I Facetimed my family as they gathered around for holidays or parties. Their lives went on and I felt left out of the loop. If this happens, just remember you will be living your own life too. You will be exploring. You will make new friends and experience new things.
2. A year is a long time.
A year is not a long time! I promise! Especially with the whole FOMO thing. A year in your life may seem long, but it isn’t. It will go by sooooo fast, you’ll wonder how you thought it seemed like forever. The people who love you will be there to support you the entire time.
3. Will I even like teaching?!
For a lot of people, being able to teach abroad means they can live abroad. Duh, that’s the greatest part, right? Being able to live and travel somewhere cool. You may wonder if you’ll hate it, if you’re going to like it. Will it suck? Will it be awesome? Each person’s experience is different. No matter what, you’ll learn about yourself. What you hated about teaching, what it taught you. It could change your perspective on what you want to do. You’ll just have to find out.
4. The unknown.
There’s a lot of uncertainty going on. You probably have a lot of questions you want answered (that will go unanswered). The future looks blurry. The world feels so open and the new opportunities are so vast, you can’t think straight. Let the worries go and be ready for the unexpected. You can’t do anything about it and worrying will only make it worse. Be brave!
5. I don’t want things to change.
Like I said, I was leaving for Spain after graduation. I was so happy with my life and sometimes I wanted to back out. Everything felt right, everything felt perfect. I didn’t want things to change. Change is inevitable. There is no way to avoid it. If you stayed at home, if you go. If you leave a significant other behind, things will change. If you leave your family, your friends, your life. You can’t expect everything to stay the same. Some things will and some things won’t. I hate to be vague, but life is always unpredictable. I know that and you do too.
The truth is, we’re all feeling lost. We all feel worried. These are the feelings that come with transitions. You are never alone feeling that way. The best thing someone told me before I moved was this, ” You’ll do great.” And you will do great.
What are some fears you have about moving abroad?