I think you know me well enough by now to know that I can never sit still. If I start to feel unchallenged, content, comfortable or [insert any adjective which people strive for their whole lives] – I will uproot myself. I’ll push myself out of this comfort zone all while my subconscious snickers, “Try and survive this, Sucker!” It is continually challenging me to try new things, make mistakes, learn from them and grow.
The word leaving, makes me very uncomfortable. Although this is a reoccurring theme in my life, my heart feels a little unsettled every time it hears this word. Words like leaving and goodbyes have negative connotations associated with them which leave me feeling blue. Contrary to this, words such as, arriving, have positive connotations of starting afresh, turning a new leaf and thus provide hope and excitement.
2015 marks the beginning of a new year. It also marks my second year in a graduate chemical engineer role. This role is based in Melbourne, Victoria. I’m relocating interstate! This time last year I had feelings of dread and anxiety all while a cloud of fear loomed over me as my move to Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia drew closer. This year, I’m a completely new person who can’t wait to make the move into a city which I had always hoped to one day reside in.
Your first move is the hardest. It’s leaving the nest (leaving, with all the negative connotations attached to it). It’s abandoning your life to start a brand new one with so many uncertainties. The first move also makes you grow the most. You learn to be independent when you have no support system, you learn to adapt to different environments, you learn to fly! From here it gets easier. From here, every move brings you hope and excitement and an uncertain future filled with endless opportunities.
I’m looking forward to calling Melbourne my new home (temporarily) in early 2015!