I just wanted to write about the "My first thought was to say no, but I said yes and what followed changed my life" topic of the week but it just changed. So I thought I am gonna write about something else but after that, I read @jasonleow post and I'm saying yes to this topic anyway haha.
At least I try. It's not that life-changing but still, it affects me a lot.
So when I was 26 I had a super comfortable 9-5 job with a good salary I didn't really need to care about anything just enjoying my super trooper benefits and always having money for a beer (what a pleasant change compared to students years haha). But then my friend told me hey let's try to apply for working holiday in Canada (it's a one-year open work permit if you don't know). I didn't really say no but I just didn't care about it much and eventually, my friend told me he is not going so I totally forgot about that.
A few months passed by and suddenly my other friend called and told me that today is the day when the quota is gonna open, you should try it. So I said OK, whatever and with no preparation, I applied and with a lot of luck and fast internet at work, I succeed and I got the visa.
The adventure was set and in 4 months I was sitting alone at the airport with a one-way ticket to Toronto. I had booked accommodation just for 2 weeks, I had no job, no friends, mediocre English, just myself lost in the new city.
... and what happened there?
I had met so many new people from all around the world. I got to know a new country, I had learned how to cook, how to make a coffee, how not to do a job interview, how to get my heart broken (many times) and so on...
In the end, I extended my stay abroad for almost 2 years I just traveled around the world. I visited Canada, US, Mexico, Island, Bali, Japan, and South Korea. Just a crazy ride I could care just about myself and enjoying life.
Would I do it again? ... Definitely yes, just maybe a few years earlier (my younger self would appreciate that but that's a different topic :)).
Stay with me. Efran