I started this post just as I was about to move out here to the United Arab Emirates, and I think it’s a post that is still worth sharing. Prior to my move, I was a shambles. My head was everywhere and I cried every single day after booking my flight and signing my contract. I remember the number of sleepless nights I had and looking back now at that time, I’m so glad I pushed through it. So here’s that post, which was a post-departure blurt and my honest reality of preparing to move overseas to the UAE.
‘It’s now three days before I fly to the United Arab Emirates, and let’s just say it hasn’t been as smooth sailing as many would think. My move to the UAE at face value looks like an exciting opportunity and one that should not be missed. Yes, it definitely is this, but there is a lot more to this and if I’m going to document my journey overseas, I need to be honest about the reality of this move at the same time. It’s currently 4.13am on the morning of my 22nd birthday. I’ve sat here for the past three or four hours just thinking about the move. Have I made the right decision? How can I leave my family behind? Does that make me a bad person? What if I hate it? What if I can’t cope? There are so many questions running through my mind, 24/7.
I feel emotionally drained, and I’m so unsure whether I’ve made the right decision. I love that people are excited for me and obviously want to know all about it, but at the same time, I can’t get away from the topic of UAE.
I’m having nightmares every night about leaving my parents at the airport on Sunday, upsetting my parents, the prospect of living with a bunch of people I’ve never met. This is the first time I’ve ever moved away from home, why did I choose the other side of the world as my first move from home!? I have cried every single day since accepting the job, actually since being in Kos and the pieces started to fall into place. I have so much on my shoulders right now and feel so much pressure and stress but my flight is booked, and I know this move will be amazing for me, I’m just nervous about what the future holds.’
I’ve now been out here for just over two months, and I’m so happy. I have my homesick moments, but I’m living my best ‘new’ life out here in the UAE. I’ve met some amazing people, and friends I will cherish for life. The first 4 weeks of training were fun-filled, but HOT weeks, and now I’ve started working the weeks are even busier and tiring but I love it at the same time.
I wanted to publish this post because I truly surprised myself. I was not homesick at all until last week and I made it through 8 weeks without wanting to jump back on a plane home. Of course, I miss home, and would love a cuddle from my mum right now but, sometimes you need a change of lifestyle, place, and people to find the best version of yourself and to find what you love in life. I have so much more to share, but I’m that busy I’ve had to put my blog to the side for a bit. However, there will definitely be more posts in the future, I have so much to tell about my move to the UAE and everything I’ve been up to!
For now, I’m getting ready for snack time, so back off to work I go!
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