My two best friends came to visit me here in London last week (and yes, when I say BEST I mean people that are these kinds of people 😉 ), while enjoying one of the many stunning views of London with a warm Chai Latte in our hands one of the two said “Look where you’ve got! You managed to get where you wanted! Remember 2 years ago, when you were daydreaming about this while living in totally different circumstances?”
I already mentioned in a few posts about this “omg I’m reallylivinginlondonandlivingmydream” feeling but that comment of her made me realise how actually the quote “you’re exactly in the place where you’re meant to be” is true.
The first year I moved abroad for my studies I was living in a small, VERY SMALL, town in Denmark which, especially at the beginning I hated. It wasn’t the idea I had of living abroad and from being used to live in a medium size city in Italy to live in a small town with a totally different culture was kind of a shock. A shock that over time made me realise so many new things about myself and about the world that I would have probably not understood in any other situation. I learned how to adapt my routine and to actually find all the positive aspects of being there, in that exact place: maybe I wasn’t in my ideal place but I was still living an experience abroad which has always been one of my biggest dreams. I met people that are now a very important part of my life and that I will be always grateful to have met. Thanks to the great connections I managed to travel so much that I discovered my travel bug nature.
The year ended and the second destination was awaiting: Belgium. Loved the city but my house condition where…challenging! Probably if you’d have told me a year before I would have lived like that I wouldn’t have believed I would have survived. But I did. Because again, I was living my dream and couldn’t permit that something like my house situation stopped me to enjoying it. I again adapted my routine and found a right balance, in the end, I was staying there just for 5 months, I could have handled it. And I did. I spent the next 4 months of the second year in the UK where I attend my Internship. Where I covered a position that wasn’t really what I’d like to do in my life actually at all but still, I learned so much. It has been a total open-minding experience about the office-job work world, which as a student I didn’t really have a proper idea about how it really is. My mentors have been very helpful and it’s certainly also thanks to them if I managed to accomplish tasks which I wouldn’t have believed I could actually do.
And in a blink of an eye, in the end, the so awaited third year arrived. The London life I’m blogging about now is what I was dreaming of during those cold and dark Danish days.
I did ask myself “What if I started immediately from London?” and well, first of all now that I live here I realise how sometimes this city can be totally overwhelming and knowing how I was when I was 18 I honestly don’t know how I would have reacted. Secondly, I wouldn’t have met all the amazing people I encountered during these years and wouldn’t have lived all the great memories I have with them.
So no, I wouldn’t change anything. It has been a process, a journey and it still is. And it’s probably thanks to this whole process of events that I am now actually in a “can’t wait to see what’s next” mood and which new challenges and possibilities life will put in front of me.
Maybe it can seem strange, weird or totally out of your original plan but eventually, everything connects and when you manage to put all the pieces together realising how far you’ve got, who you were and who you are now, will make you understand that yes, everything happens for a reason.
What about you? Have you ever had the same feeling/realisation? I’d love to hear about it!