15 Life Lessons I Learned From My Boldest Decision Ever

Written 5 years ago, each lesson has withstood the test of time

Adam J. Cheshier
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7 min readFeb 11, 2021


Photo by Anika Huizinga on Unsplash

We all come to forks in the road. Some of those require big decisions. Some will lead to a new life.

Our ability to adapt to those changes is what brings us overall happiness.

This is a piece I wrote circa 2015 after spending my first year abroad. Five years later, I’m still living around all corners of the world and couldn’t be happier.

Some of the below content is directly related to travel but can be applied to all aspects of life.

Here are 15 things I learned that year that still apply to my life today.

Last week marked my 52nd in Europe since moving abroad alone. One whole year.

In a word, the whole experience has been life-changing. I could have never imagined this life before I made the decision to study abroad and travel.

It has led to countless new inspirations. It has opened so many doors. And it continues to present new opportunities that feed me with a different kind of excitement every day.

I’m still being inspired by new people every day. And, now, I find myself spreading my newfound zest for life to others as they do unto me.

Living abroad changed my life. That’s the simplest way to say it.

As any milestone requires a bit of reflection, I took the time to think about all I’ve learned in the past year. All that I used to hold close and what I still hold close.

I’ve gained knowledge that I consider unteachable; things I would have never learned in the classroom. Some things can only be learned from experience.

Without further ado, here are 15 things I’ve learned from moving abroad that have changed me in one way or another.

1. Keep yourself open to inspiration

Inspiration is everywhere, waiting for you to find it. Even the people who don’t seem like they can offer you anything can change your life. Don’t judge a book by its cover.

Inspiration involves finding…



Adam J. Cheshier

Documenting obscure pockets of the world across long-distance overland expeditions. Recently celebrated 7 years of nomadism. https://linktr.ee/adam.cheshier