Once we venture and travel to different places, we leave the old and comfortable behind. We are exposed to newer paradigms, which is an extremely healthy thing. It gives us the chance to explore the unknown, experience its novelty, learn, and grow. It adds us with a novel perspective and enables us to create a newer, more suitable paradigm for oneself.
This is how our journey through life is enriched. This is how we fundamentally better from ourselves and evolve. This is how we create the reality we wish and not be stuck in someone else’s idea of reality.
As mentioned, one of the reasons why living abroad makes us think about who we truly are is being away from the distractions. Naturally, when you live abroad your social circle is significantly smaller than where you were born and raised. Thus, the solitude and the feeling of being outside of the herd makes one think about such a deep notion as our true identity.
Whatever the answers that one may, or may not reach, the very idea of thinking about who you are adds you with a different perspective. It catalyses personal growth. Simply because when you see yourself in different scenes, scenarios, and situations you will come to realise that you’re fine; that there is nothing to fear; that the uncertainly which comes with the unknown could actually be fun.
If one is fortunate, at some point they will reach this aha-moment: I can make it here, like I have made it there, perhaps even better. They will then come to believe in themselves. And this is when everything changes for the better: That moment you realise that you can be successful away from the labels, away from the comfort of the tribe. This is one major enlightening realisation, which has an immense effect on our self-esteem and self-confidence.
Another reason why personal-growth is catalysed by traveling is that we meet lots of very different people. We end by having fun stories to tell and weird moments to reminisce about. We consequently have newer memories and a richer life than, say, those who vegetate in one place all their lives as Mark Twain once put it. For the more we see, the more we know. ⠀⠀ — Excerpt IV Who Are We