Since I was a young lad, all I’ve ever wanted to do was move abroad, work abroad, and possibly even bring my family lineage back to Finland. I tell myself ‘It’ll be easy, just graduate with a degree, finish school, and you’re home free.‘ But every time I think this, the antagonist inside of me replies with ‘But what if it’s not for you? What if you move abroad like you’ve always wished, and you hate it?’
He’s right. What if? What if I don’t like it? What if I get home sick and for some reason or another need to come back? Then what? Sure it’s easy to say just come back, but it’s not! It’s not that easy. I’ve been prepping for years for that and to just give up, definitely not okay.
I’ve been given the opportunity of a lifetime to essentially take moving abroad for a trial spin. During the Spring of 2016, I will be studying abroad in Prague, Czech Republic.
As you can tell by the title of this post, this is definitely a make it or break it trip.
Testing the waters is huge. I get the opportunity to experience living in a foreign country for an extended period of time, all the meanwhile being essentially protected with a safety net knowing that I will, in fact, return home at some point in time. Even better, midway through my trip my family plans on visiting me.
Am I going to miss everything from home? Absolutely. My family, my girlfriend, my friends, my teammates. Us Generation Y students all suffer from FOMO, Fear Of Missing Out. Even I, someone who’s always on the move, suffer from it.
But what I tell others, and often times need to remind myself, is that while you’re worried about missing out on what’s going on at home, you’re missing out on literally everything else in the world. Especially as Americans, if it doesn’t effect us directly, it’s almost irrelevant. Studying abroad allows us all to broaden those horizons and realize that we’re missing out on soooo much more then our itsy bitsy community.
Come July 18th, when I return to the United States, I hope to have a better idea of what emigrating really means, both to myself and to my loved ones. Whether I’ll know 100% or not, it’s unlikely. But hopefully it’ll make the decision a bit easier.
I depart February 3rd, 2016 to embark on my make it or break it trip. You bet your asses I’ll be keeping you all up to date as I plan on doing an immense amount of travel there.
If I were to tell you I wasn’t scared, I’d be lying. If I were to tell you I wasn’t going to miss out on things from home, I’d be lying. But, if I were to tell you I wasn’t eager to depart on the adventure of a life time, meet new friends, experience more cultures, and figure out my life, I’d also be lying.