By: Nicole Shermet, IATG ContributorAugust 3, 2016
What am I afraid of? Many things.
I am terrified of heights, and, therefore, I don’t enjoy flying. I could provide a long list of many other insignificant things that scare me; however, above all, I am afraid of having a ‘small life.’
I have always been interested in exploring, going to see friends, and finding new places. It was easy to explore, try new things, and find excitement when I was growing up, but as I got older, I found myself getting restless, wanting to do more. In my third year of university I was lucky enough to study abroad in Europe. I had an amazing time and took every opportunity that came up. It changed my perspective 100%.
When I went home, I found it quite difficult to settle into my ‘normal’ life. After I completed my schooling I began working – or what I can ‘living like an adult.’ All around me were people getting married, having babies, buying houses and cars in communities close to where we grew up. I didn’t find myself becoming envious; I found myself become anxious. I was worried that all of the sudden my life would be settled, and I would be stuck in an average town forever. Now to be clear, I don’t think there is anything wrong with this. I just knew it wasn’t for me. I wasn’t interested in settling down or making a huge financial commitment. I wanted something broader and something more diverse. I needed to make a change.
This inevitably drove me to move to England and build a life for myself here. I was well aware that the move alone would not give me a ‘big life’. I knew I would have to work for it. I could easily fall into my old habits and live comfortably, or worse become more isolated as I don’t have the same tribe of friends and family here.
I was inspired by the idea of the ‘year of yes’. If I was going to be brave and make the move 3000 miles away, I was going to make the most of it. I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone and say yes to as many opportunities that came up. Obviously I have limits and say no if I genuinely don’t want to do something. (So if someone says ‘let’s go skydiving,’ I am going to say “no!”) Since moving, I’ve done many things I would normally have said no to.
Have I loved everything I’ve done? No, definitely not, but I have no regrets.
Overall, it has been a fun ride, and I have learned a lot about myself along the way. I am proud that I have stayed committed and continuously do new or different things. I will continue to live this ‘year of yes’ and see where it takes me. I was fortunate enough to move over here,, so I am going to make the most of it! I’ll keep you updated on how it all goes!
Let’s start small and have a day of YES! Try stepping out of your comfort zone today and trying something new.
Nicole is a 2012 communications and business graduate, who then specialized in Public Relations. She grew up in the Great White North (aka Canada) and recently moved to London. A top priority is trying to navigate adulthood. Her interests include travelling, exercising, and finding edible gluten & dairy free treats (darn allergies).