Which advice you would give yourself if you could go back 3 years in time?
Three years ago some of us had just arrived in Germany while some others did not know that the universe was planning to bring us here.
If we could come back three years in time we would give us some advices before starting this expat adventure:
1. Never stop dreaming: If you can imagine it, you can achieve it
If you believe in something, go for it. Nothing and no one can stop you.
There will be days you will reconsider everything, there will be moments you will want to go back to your family (your comfort zone), sometimes you will feel homesick…
However, never forget that if you believe in yourself nothing can stop you. If you wanna change something just make the first move.
The most common obstacles while living abroad are traditions and language. Do not wait until the last minute to learn the language and to adapt yourself to the local culture. The earlier you do it, the earlier you will start overcoming any difficulty.
2. Do not lose your inner child
Learn from each single moment, look around with the same curiosity as if you were a child, talk to different kind of people, laugh at yourself, enjoy simple things in life, face this adventure in a positive manner and never stop smiling, because this is the adventure of your life.
3. Every person comes to you at the right moment
Every single person you will meet living abroad will come to you at the right moment. Together you will experience remarkable adventures which allow you to evolve as human beings, and your friendship will be a special relationship that will least the rest of your life.
Every person comes to your life for a reason. Learn from them because they will make a difference in your life.
4. Integrate yourself into the local culture
Do not be a conformist; learn the language, make local friends, try local food, travel around the country, go to local festivals, taste typical drinks, go to after work meetings, discuss with different kind people, get used to the local way of transport, speak the local language (even if you are just starting to learn it)…
Be ready to discover a new culture and to experience it, integration is the first step to feel at home.
5. Each situation will teach you a life lesson
Expats are outside their comfort zone. Expats are far from home. Expats are trying to be part of a new culture with different traditions.
Sometimes a trivial thing can be huge problem: a misunderstanding due to the language, looking for a job, a legal matter… Learn from these situation and keep always in mind that there are no problems, there are just solutions.
And the most important advice: Enjoy this experience like you have never done before, because this is the best life lesson you will ever learn.