When you move to a new country, every day you are forced to conquer something new. Most of these things are mundane but it takes a lot of effort and courage to do them.
- Walking downtown without getting lost.
- Figuring out how the post office works.
- Making an appointment.
- Saying your first words in a new language.
- Taking public transport.
- Asking for help.
The simplest of things become obstacles and if you are like me, it's a bit stressful. I'm not the most outgoing person (shocking, I know because I air my life on the internet) and I really have to work myself up to these new experiences. I google it, map it, practise it over in my head, work up the courage and finally tackle it.
When I've succeeded, I feel so proud of myself and I know exactly what to do the next time. As time goes on, I conquer more and more of these little things and before I know it, I won't even be thinking about it anymore.
But until then...
I think it's important to celebrate these little milestones; pat myself on the back for stepping out there and doing something uncomfortable and different. After all, that's what living overseas is all about.