In the midst of experiencing the extreme high of knowing we’ll be abroad in a few short weeks, I experienced the second of (most likely) several lows that come with having a nomadic lifestyle and it made me think about the downsides of a life overseas:
1. Saying Goodbye
This one is obvious, but I’ve begun saying my goodbyes to friends, colleagues and family…each one is harder than the previous. Technology makes things a lot easier these days, but it can never replace the feeling of being with loved ones.
2. Missing Big Moments
It’s impossible to be in two places at once, but we often forget that in order to have experiences abroad, we must give up the opportunity to have experiences back home. Just a few days ago, I received an invitation to be a bridesmaid in a dear friend’s wedding. Knowing that there was a very good chance I wouldn’t be able to make it back in time, the feeling sunk in and I realized that this choice to move abroad meant sacrificing a lot. I will miss several weddings, celebrating holidays with family and even the birth of a friend’s baby. I hate to think about all I’m missing, so I am trying to think about all I will get to see.
3. Leaving Parts of You Behind
Most of us choose to surround ourselves with things that reflect who we are and what we value. Some of us have shelves filled with books. Others have walls filled with picture frames or art. Whatever it is, more often than not, it gets left behind in the attempt to pack light. I know it will be difficult to fit ‘my entire life’ into just one suitcase..but I’m going to try.
We often forget the sacrifices we must make to follow our heart’s desire. Although this is the difficult part of choosing a life overseas, I am hopeful that this experience will live up to (and even exceed) my expectations.