So I thought I would continue a little bit on the whole "growing through traveling" category that came up in one of my blogposts a few days ago. So here is a little list with things that I've learned/gotten better at since I came to Australia.
The first one is of course my English. Which has gotten so much better then it was 4 months ago. For example, I was looking through my resume recently that I wrote when I was still in Sweden and I just thought "alright this is still good, but that's nooot how I would express myself now".
I mean this is what I expected, I'm not shocked. I mean...
* All my colleagues speaks fluent English.
* I'm talking English with basically all my friends here. I usually even speak English to one of my swedish friends here if there are other "non Swedish friends" around. Of course!
* My boyfriend is from the UK, and he really enjoys pointing out whenever I pronounce or say something wrong. Which can be very annoying some times buuuut very helpful and awesome of course. 😉
* I also believe that since I now write all my blogposts in English that might be a reason as well.
- Make friends
This is probably the easiest part to be honest. I mean the first few days in Melbourne I felt pretty lonely and I wanted to be friends with everyone, just because I didn't know anyone at all. After a while though when I felt settled I just couldn't be bothered to make any more friends. I mean it's not hard to find friends if you really want to find them.
But it's still a challenge because you need to put yourself out there and maybe take the first step, which can be scary. Specially for Swedish people, cause we don't talk to strangers 😉 It's also different if you're in your home environment, and maybe meet a new colleague or a friends friend that will eventually become your friend. But to start 100% from scratch is harder, but then again not too hard!
- I've grown
This isn't anything specific that I've learned. This is a little bit of everything, if you know what I mean. I've learned how to be more calm in stressful situations, to have a positive mind (that things will work out, not to worry etc). I'm more self-aware, I know what I can do and what I can handle.
- Retail work
I've actually started working in a (for me) whole new branch, which is retail. Like I said when I started there, it would have been hard enough to learn everything in Swedish, and to learn everything in English automatically makes everything twice as hard. But, I've learned the basics at least. And that is both another experience for me to put on my resume and also more life experience for me.
- Enjoy my own company
When you leave everyone you know from back home behind and decide to start a life somewhere else in the world you will be lonely some times. That is a fact. All of your friends and family members are not just a couple of minutes away anymore, they could be hours away. Or in my case, days away lol.
So when I still stayed in the hostel I don't know how many times I was the only person sitting by myself in the kitchen, eating. Or how many times I've went to the beach by myself, or sitting in a park eating my lunch and just enjoying the weather. This doesn't sound like much for some people, but just a couple or years ago I would never have been able to that, cause I'd feel lonely. And I know a lot of people out there might feel the same way.
But now, instead of feeling lonely I've learned to enjoy my own company. Which is suuuper important!