It’s (again!) been a while since I had the time to put my thoughts to paper, but this weekend I made sure that I dedicated few hours to be mindful. Writing has and always will be a therapeutic cure for when I am feeling odd and after a manic few weeks, I couldn’t think of a better time to sit and write.
As most of you may know, Scotty and I moved our lives across to Singapore from Hong Kong on the 2 of January. We had only been contemplating leaving Hong Kong for a few short months when the opportunity arose for us to move to this beautiful South East Asian city.
Moving your life to a different country should never be something you take lightly (although both times I have had to do it, it’s been rather sudden…!). Moving country is tough but when you continue to break out of your comfort zone and keeping pushing to create a life you love and are proud of, it is true bravery.
Scotty and I both knew we were going to be faced with new challenges with this move, but we were so ready for the next adventure and completely giddy at the thought of getting lost in another place to call our home. We were so excited to re-learn where things are, scope out cool bars and new favorite restaurants, get lost out of train stations and start again from scratch. We love this about our life and it’s something that keeps our everyday so exciting. Four weeks into our new adventure and we are slowly but surely starting to feel settled.
Change brings more stress and anxiety than any other human experience and most people avoid change for this very reason. I will be honest (as many people well know), I am a naturally anxious person. However, I will never be someone that likes being comfortable. Once I start thinking about the next adventure/challenge, I will go for it and I truly believe the times where I have pushed myself out of my comfort zone, I’ve learnt the most about myself.
The past six weeks have been a challenging to say the least. The move has been a stressful and an anxiety filled experience…but at the same time, it has been so very rewarding. I still haven’t truly been able to relax and enjoy my new life to the fullest yet…as much as I have wanted to. It will always take time for your body and mind to readjust to a new environment and sometimes I get frustrated with myself for getting so worked up and overthinking things. It’s very easy to start to question your choices and if you have made the right choice. All I know is, that no matter how long it takes to properly adjust and settle into Singapore life, it’s going to be worth it.
If you too are in a similar situation at the moment, whether it be a new country, a new home, a new job or any other new life experience… I think it’s important to remember that the reason you made the choice to be where you are, it’s because you were no longer feeling happy or fulfilled in your old circumstance. So, no matter how long it takes and how tough the road may be to feel settled and secure again, this change is not only going to better you and make you a stronger and happier individual, but it’s also going to make you a champion of change and you’re never going to settle for anything less than true happiness again.
Don’t let the concept of change scare you as much as the prospect of remaining unhappy. – Timber Hawkeye.