No matter where you grow up, it becomes your comfort zone. Regardless if you grow up in a small town or a major city, it all becomes so familiar to you over the years that you can navigate your way around without even having to think twice as to what street to turn on or what street you should stay away from. Knowing so much about your surroundings makes you feel safe, secure, and comforted. But how are you supposed to grow as a person without pushing yourself, your limits, or your knowledge? The life lessons and experiences that you will experience by moving out of your comfort zone can change your life entirely. Everyone has different comfort zones. Some are very large and some are very small.
1. You will learn how strong you really are.
By moving out of your comfort zone alone, you will be faced with terrifying struggles of the future. Not knowing where you’re going to work. Not knowing where you are going to get money for rent. Not having a support group close to you, such as family or true friends. Knowing that you are all alone in a place you know nothing about. All of these are constant things that you take for granted while in your comfort zone. If you believe in yourself, you will succeed.
2. You will see life in a different way.
Living in a place that is different from anything you’re familiar with will make you see the world in a different way. It will open your eyes to the diversity of the world. Once you “pop that bubble” that you’ve lived in your whole life, you will really begin to see the world for what it is. Throw yourself into an unfamiliar environment and you will experience certain things for the first time. Whether it be experiencing an earthquake, tornado, snow, or maybe something such as work ethic and social values will be different. Before you know it, you may even adapt to them without knowing.
3. You will have to make new friends…which will increase your social confidence.
Especially for millennials, being social is a huge part of life. Being comfortable with talking to others will make it much easier to make new friends, network and so much more. Groups of friends are interacting more than ever like families. Sometimes, friends even take precedence over families. So when you’re in a new city and don’t know anybody, you’re going to want to build a good group of friends to surround yourself with.
4. You will discover who really cares about you.
Living away from friends and family will weed out some of the people who were toxic to you. The people who genuinely care about you will keep in touch. Whether it’s once every couple of months just to check in, or those people who still text you on a daily basis, you will know who your true friends and family really are. There will be some people who you drift away from, which may not be a bad thing.
5. You will realize just how much there is to life.
After moving somewhere far from home, you might realize that you still miss it and want to move back. That’s perfectly fine; at least you gave it a shot. Maybe the place you chose wasn’t right for you, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place even better! Making a totally different life, making new friends and relationships could possibly change your life. Maybe you will meet that special someone…maybe you will realize that you want a different career path…maybe an opportunity of your dreams will come up.
6. Don’t wait around for your dreams to come true…or anything, for that matter.
Even if moving away isn’t necessarily part of your dream, it may play a part in you accomplishing them in the future. Fight and work for what you want in your life. You never know how long you have to live in this world. Take your dreams and chase them. Don’t ever settle, work hard for what you want. Don’t ever give up. No matter how impossible your dreams may seem to attain, you’re the only one that can make them come true.