I have to admit, right at the beginning of this post, that, most times, I don’t have all my sh*t together. I’m one of those people who’s great at giving advice to other people but might need a little help when it comes to applying it to my own life. But I try and that’s the best anyone can do!
It took me a long time to admit this but, as a teen, I was never comfortable with myself. I did not like the way I looked. I was always the one with the nerdy glasses and the goody two shoes attitude. Although I realise now that none of those things make me a lesser person than anyone else, it used to bother me so much at the time. As I grew older, I always thought that I was never good enough in anything I seem to do. I never knew how to play sports and I always did well at school because I studied and not because I felt I was intelligent enough to form an argument. It’s safe to say I had ZERO confidence in myself.
Living abroad for the past year has opened up so many new perspectives for me. I can honestly say that this experience has helped me become a better and wiser person. In no means am I saying that you have to live abroad to try and become the best version of yourself (but if you ever get the opportunity GRAB IT BY THE HORNS AND GO). However, I feel that I couldn’t have made a better decision than to pack up my life in a suitcase (or three) and go out into the world and venture for myself. Shoving me out of my comfort zone, I feel that this experience was just what I needed to push me into making better life decisions for myself and figuring out where I want to go next.
Here are ten things I learnt from the past year of living abroad in Glasgow.