Moving away from familiar surroundings often helps a person get to know themselves and what they are capable of doing. As a young adult, I spent a year away from home: a month in London, two weeks in Portugal, two weeks in Utrecht, and ten months in Paris. While in those countries, I learnt self-reliance as my parents were not there to hold my hand or speak for me.
My move to Toronto helped me learn even more about myself.
I learned that I am able to adapt and live within a new environment (the city as opposed to the suburbs); as well as come to understand a new culture (to the Canadian way of doing things as opposed to the South African way). I now know that I will work at a job I do not enjoy in order to pay the rent and buy food for my children. I have come to realize that I do not easily give up – even though when my goal seems unattainable. I have come to appreciate my small-knit family who support me in my endeavours.
And I am slowly getting to know that I can do it! Patience (which I never thought I had) has shown a steely determination within my core. Moving to another country is not always easy but being flexible has allowed me to succeed in facing the challenges that have occurred.
My move to the northern hemisphere has led me on a discovery of myself that I would not want to forfeit.
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© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
(This post was written for the FMF 31 day challenge hosted by Kate Motaung. Today’s prompt is: know)