Week 1 reflection – so far all is well 🙂 I am super pumped to settle in & start life & school in a new place. I oddly have a lot of peace and comfort for everything unknown in my world. As I shared in growing up & moving out, I’m trying to practice the art of not stressing over minor details. This week has put that to the test. From having to learn the train system, to navigating my surroundings, taking city transit, finding new classrooms and meeting new people, my stress level has not been comfortable. Yet, through it all, I have found a sense of relaxation in a few realizations.
- Let life stop: I feel like my life has been put on pause since I arrived here. My obligations are minimal and so I’m taking this time to embrace it. I’m not as busy as I am in Canada. I have fewer priorities. It is the perfect time to just be!!! My goals each day are small. I made it my one and only task the other day, to master the bus system and learn how to use it. Which total disclaimer, I don’t think I ever will. I texted my buddy the other day, while on the bus to tell him that I finally figured it out, while going in the entirely wrong direction, so I mean, oh well! That’s life but I’m using this change in pace to refocus and take every moment for what it is.
- It’s ok to be lost when you have nowhere to be: My accidental bus route led me downtown Manchester. I had to remind myself that it was in fact okay because I didn’t have plans of anywhere I needed to be. So why would I stress over something that was not necessary? I was safe and there were other people around. It was okay. I had to allow myself to be lost, because it’s not going to be the last time. I have the worst sense of direction – even with google maps. It’s embarrassing.
- Be brave! This is a really important one for me. In my first year of university, I was attending a social event by myself and man was I nervous. I can be really easy to talk to, if the situation provokes it. I can’t just enter a room and put my self out there. That’s not me and that’s okay. I had a friend say to me before this event to, “just be brave, Sarah.” Ever since, that’s all I hear. To just be brave! How easy. I had to learn this week to be brave and put myself out there and meet people – and so far it has worked in my favor. All by putting my brave face on.
- Breathe and take it all in: This semester is not going to last forever. It is going to go by so quickly. Before I know it, everything that I have anticipated will be over. Again, another reason not to stress because it’s only for a moment! This is my next big thing to practice. To let everything be and be with it in the moment. How cliché am I? Yet again. But for real, this is real life!
I’m thrilled to be in this experience and I’m going to take it one day at a time. I can’t wait to study Psychology in a new environment with new professors and new learning styles. By taking this all new chapter of life as it comes, will shape who I am as an adult and force me out of my comfort zone. Thank you for reading my self/life process as I go. I love putting my thoughts into words and this blog is going to be super sacred place for that.
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