The Last Supper

The Last Hurrah

Had my last dinner in the United States with my family. Tomorrow, I depart to to Taiwan and begin life as an expat in the Far East. Everyone keeps asking me the same questions:

“How do you feel about moving on your own?”

“Are you scared?”

“Are you ready?”

“What made you want to move across the world?”

“Is it safe there?”

To be honest, I really don’t know how or what to feel. I’ve been very nonchalant about it ever since I accepted the offer. It still feels unreal, and I don’t think it’ll hit me until I arrive to Taiwan and settle in past the honeymoon phase.

In my head, I’m asking myself “How did you get here?” *in my Deborah Cox voice* Sometimes I question why I do some of the things that I do, but for some reason this decision feels right. To the people who know me the best, they may not quite understand my decision to leave. After all, I was Nicole, the somewhat shy and introverted homebody.

But then it made me think an exert from an episode of one of my favorite podcasts: As Told By Nomads by Tayo Rockson.

For as long as I could remember, I was just never okay with liking one thing or what society or history told me I could be, and this brought about it’s share of conflict.
You live more than this provincial life by tapping into your curiosity and making learning a life long habit. Start with your interests and determine what topics around your interests that you want to master. after you do this start creating goals.
Explore your curiosity and never stop learning because it builds empathy, acceptance and tolerance.
The more you’re exposed to new to new environments, the less you hate what you don’t understand. The less you understand, the more you fear. The more afraid that you are, the more dangerous that you become.

(Full podcast episode can be found here.)

I guess it was time for me to step outside of my comfort zone, tap into my curiosity, and see what happens in the so called unknown…

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