A mere month ago, I was you. I’ve always had this itch to leave, and yet I’ve always been scared to leave. I’ve lived in a 2 hour radius my entire life.
But, I went out on a whim and decided to take the plunge, and it was honestly the best decision.
I’d be lying if I said it’s never lonely. Just a couple weeks ago, my hometown basketball team won the NBA finale and I cried myself to sleep. My god I missed home. My friends were Snapchatting local streets lit up, bars turning into ragers. And yet, I sat at a local bar, all by myself. A room full of people rooting for the opposing team. I felt an urge of sadness and homesickness that I’ve never felt before.
But, it’s also been one of the greatest adventures.
It’s given me all I could imagine and more. I got the chance to reinvent myself. Literally no one here knows me or my mistakes. I’ve gotten a clean slate and it’s been the greatest blessing in disguise.
Note that it won’t be easy. You’re going to have to get comfortable with spending time by yourself. I choose to binge Netflix. I literally watched Netflix from 10am-7pm relatively non stop last Saturday.
You’ll also be forced to step out of your comfort zone. Back home, I’d rarely go to dinner by myself. Now, it’s common. I’ve found my place talking to waitresses and bartenders. A few months ago, that was not a thing. All my friends were techies.
It’ll be hard, but it’ll be worth it.
Trust your gut. You have that itch for a reason. Book the one way ticket.
Realize it’s okay to want to reinvent yourself.