As some of you may know from my social media, I recently moved to the UAE! It was all very sudden, a few short weeks of planning and off I set off to Abu Dhabi to be the side kick that Le Hubs needs in his new career path. Gasp!
I never imagined living anywhere else apart from Nairobi and always satisfied my culture cravings through annual trips to different destinations, but living elsewhere....nope...Nairobi and all that comes with it is home!
I just wanted to share 5 truths about my experience so far;
1. Moving abroad changes you. It provides a kick up the proverbial arse and makes you appreciate family, take up new challenges, be more adventurous and explore more.
In the few months I have been here, I feel closer to my friends and family just because I've actually stopped taking them for granted that they are just a drive away and take time to reach out on Whatsapp, Skype and phone calls.
2. Its made me more of a minimalist. There is something about not knowing whats going to happen in the next 6 months that makes you reduce the amount of stuff that you have and embrace the capsule wardrobe. I currently own only 6 pairs of shoes! Me, Nyachomba, who used to have more than 30 pairs.
3. It can be lonely especially for someone who is as socially awkward as I am. Moving to a new country can be terribly lonely and its hard not to get into a funk, however being socially awkward has its perks mainly coz I really enjoy my own company. Abu Dhabi can be a very lonely city and not as big on events like Dubai. I am trying to get out as much as I can and go for meetups etc.
4. It is terribly scary. I had to manage my professional life and living in a country where my career (Environmental Science) choices are very limited, I have had to dig deep and think through what to do and how to do it. Not letting the fear get to me though, onwards and upwards!!
5. New opportunities are just an idea away. I am taking this time to step out of my comfort zone and be more proactive with every thing that comes my way.
Any of you guys living abroad? Any tips on how to adjust and settle?