5 Reasons to Move to a New City

30 June, 2015

“Cities were always like people, showing their varying personalities to the traveler. Depending on the city and on the traveler, there might begin a mutual love, or dislike, friendship, or enmity. Where one city will rise a certain individual to glory, it will destroy another who is not suited to its personality. Only through travel can we know where we belong or not, where we are loved and where we are rejected.” 
― Roman PayneCities & Countries   11204865_10155688788175702_8812363560497085737_n 11402808_10155688788095702_958672446933540726_n     11037905_10155688787650702_7651643987556592403_n   Ever since I was little, I dreamed about moving to the city. I was mesmerized by the skyscrapers and energetic lifestyle and all the possibilities that city life has to offer. I’ve had the privilege of visiting some of the most beautiful cities in America. But visiting a place and living there is an entirely different experience. You only get to experience the most exciting and vibrant moments, like seeing the sights, going to the shows, and trying the top restaurants, because you try to fit as much experience as possible into a few days. Committing to a place and integrating yourself into its culture and day-to-day routine, however, molds you and changes you in ways you can’t control. And once your mind has been expanded by the new experience, it can never go back to it’s old dimensions. That being said,  I decided to take a chance and move to a new city this summer. I’ve traveled all my life, and I always thought I’d jump at the opportunity to just pick up and move. But honestly, it was a lot harder than I thought to leave the comfort of the familiar and take on a new place. It’s the little things you realize you’re going to miss when you’re sitting in the car with your home and your family waving goodbye shrinking in the rearview mirror. That sounds pretty dramatic, like something from a country song, but you really do think of it that way and you have to weigh the outcome. Is the experience worth the sacrifice? If not, are you the kind of person whose ok with never knowing what might be lying on the other side of an adventure? For me, I wasn’t sure if the sacrifice was worth it when I walked out the door, but I knew that I had an insatiable desire for more and I would never have more if I was unable to take risks. So I took a job in Dallas and here I am. It’s only for a few weeks so the risks are minimal and so far it has been a crazy adventure with all the ups and downs that you would expect.  I wouldn’t trade a second of it.   If you’re looking for a reason to take your wanderlust on a road trip, here are 5 reasons to pick up everything and move to a new city. They might sound kind of cliche, but hear me out:

1. Rediscover your Independence
Nothing will push you into your independent streak like trying to find your way to the nearest starbucks and getting lost on the express lanes for an hour, discovering new favorite restaurants and shopping locations when you’re use to your usual spots, and  forging new friendships and embracing the culture of the city will.
2. Learn to Adapt 
This is key, and some people are better at it than others. A new city can be frightening, and even though you envisioned it one way, the reality might be something entirely different. You have to go with the flow and learn as you go.
3.  Embrace new people 
Not everyone is a social butterfly, but if you’re going to get the most out of this experience you have to talk to people. Your new city might be in the US or it might be in another country. Either way, each person has something to offer you, and it would be a tragedy to visit a new place and leave untouched by the people there.
4.    Humiliate yourself 
This one might sound a little strange, but it might just be my favorite. The beautiful thing about moving to a new city is the anonymity. There are zero expectations. So its the perfect time to push yourself out of your comfort zone and try the things that always scared you before. And you if you fail or you make a fool of yourself doing it…. no one cares and you gained a new experienced and learned something new about yourself… which leads to the last point…
5. Gain Confidence 
In finding your independence, adapting to a new place, making new friends, and pushing past your fears and trying new things, you build confidence in yourself. It’s a life-giving energy that makes you feel like you can do anything. And as a disclaimer, once you get a taste of that, you never stop wanting more.
So pack your bags and book a ticket, forget all the things that could go wrong and focus on everything you can gain and take your life Offscript to a new city!
Happy travels, everyone!

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