As expatriates when we move from country to country we experience a lot of change. At first it’s quite natural to reject most of it because homeostasis (the tendency to maintain the system the way it has been) is a very strong universal force, especially for humans. Yet one of the gifts of that imposed change is that we can now give consideration to things that lay outside of everything we are used to – and try them on just the same way we’d try on a new piece of clothing we’d never thought we’d wear.
As with that new piece of clothing, sometimes there are surprises. That thing we’ve never done in our lives may become our next favorite experience, business idea, hobby, habit, a memory to look back to, etc. Imagine for a moment what you would have missed if you never moved. What things would you have never seen and what things would you have never experienced? And now imagine what you have seen and experienced as a result of every move. How many more new things are out there for you?
Someone once said that “life is always offering us new beginnings, it’s up to us whether to take them or not.” I don’t remember who said it, but it’s an empowering way to look at what’s available to us at every moment of every day. And especially to those of us who get this incredible opportunity of imposed change.
So here is a short exercise that will help take advantage of change:
Step 1. List everything that’s new to you. Take a few days to compile the list. Note that you may be adding to that list as you go through the weeks and months of your expatriation.
Step 2. From the above list, choose a few things you’d like to try.
Step 3. List ways, in which the things from Step 2 can help you grow and evolve.
How did it go? What part of this experience can you share with others?