I've always been a loner, introvert type, so I'm completely fine with my own company.
A lot of people were surprised when I said I was travelling alone, as ive always been such a shy and petite girl so it's great just to show them what I can do, and its absolutely trebled my confidence!
In the last 5-6 years I’ve been a translator, carpet salesperson, bartender, pub crawl manager, TEDx event organizer, social media consultant, crowdfunding manager, online moderator, NGO volunteer and a few more things. However, these jobs and experiences took me places I could never have gone had I followed my traditional career straight out of college.
(whatever traditional here actually means)As a carpet salesperson I met a guy who is one of the best opera directors in Italy.
I can guarantee you that once you By traveling, meeting people, doing stuff you like, doing stuff you don’t like, succeeding and failing — you’ll discover who you really are.
You’ll be more aware of yourself, of your interests, strengths and weaknesses.
For me, this was probably the most valuable thing I learned in my 20s. There are tough times of self-doubt, societal pressures to conform and other challenges. Consider it an investment for the future, which is also a lot of fun.
When you face these moments, find people who are going through the same rough patches, share your story with them and get inspired by others who have been exactly where you stand. It may just have a different, probably even more fascinating, ending. I’ve lived in several countries, doing all sorts of (weird) jobs, I got to learn a few languages, master some skills you can’t learn at school and I’ve met some amazing people who became friends for life.
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