Oh! No one likes taking a new step and challenge themselves!
Once people get used to a situation and feel comfortable, people tend to “play safe”.
Stepping out of your comfort zone brings you to a new life.
Most likely, to a better one.
It will bring you a new journey that you’d never imagine before.
The struggle is real for sure.
But it makes you stronger and more open-minded.
My biggest step getting out of my comfort zone
I am originally from Indonesia.
A beautiful and rich country but full of controversial.
People are VERY nice, polite, and helpful.
For 28 years, I was (so) used to the culture and pace of life there.
Live was so easy for anything.
Most families (at least my circle of friends) there have maid(s) or also known as “house assistant”.
We got helped with anything we needed. From laundry, cleaning, cooking, driving, and many more!
I had good life, good job, and surrounded by lovely people there.
But deep inside me always wanted to live abroad.
To try an independent life.
End of 2013, I decided to move to Canada.
The most question asked was if I would be able to “survive” there.
1. I have allergic of cold weather! (Hey, Canada is COLD!)
2. I never did any house-work. I couldn’t cook, I never cleaned my own bedroom, never did laundry, nothing!
3. I had an "OK" English
4. I had no-one I knew in Canada. No family. No friend. No one!
5. I had no money to survive in a “good” way. LOL. (Oh, no-lol. I am serious about it)
But I did it anyway!
I moved to Canada in April 2014.
Learnt everything from scratch.
ALL. ON. MY. OWN.
For some reasons, I just have allergic of cold.
I would have little bumps and lumps all over my body in cold weather.
There’s nothing I can do with it.
But I learnt how to stay fit and healthy makes me stronger and I can avoid having this allergic in certain ways.
I was even outside standing without shelter, waiting for bus for 40 minutes in snowstorm – and I was FINE!
I learnt how to do house-work on my own.
I was grumpy in the first month, but I remember that it was my decision.
So I did it anyway!
After several years, I think I’m used to it.
Ohhh, I really studied so hard! Day and night!
Spoke English anytime, anywhere, and with anyone – sometimes with strangers I met in the park (LOL)!
Joined forums and read more a lot of articles.
Asked some native-speaker friends to check and correct my English – with no hard feeling!
Over time, VIOLA!!! I finally could have a proper accent! And of course improved my English SIGNIFICANTLY.
Now if someone's first talking to me, they tend to ask "How long have you been in Canada? Must be a long time!" (*proud-face*)
Making new friends and family
When you are all alone in a new country, your friends become your family!
Being there for one another. In good time. And bad time!
Earning good money
I like this part the most! LOL
I came to Canada with zero money. (Well, my brother helped me for my tuition fees - partially.)
I worked soooooooo hard for my school and living cost. (I will write another blog about it)
But I am now happy and proud to say that I have earned a lot more than I expected!
So the lessons are:
Believe in your dream.
And have FAITH!
See you on another blogs!