Let me tell you about the best 5 months of my life. In February 2018 I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to go to New Zealand on exchange for one semester. Who would have known that spending 5 months on the different side of the world would have such a big impact on my life, I certainly didn’t think that.
Before going to New Zealand, I was very conflicted about whether I should even go or not, because I was so insecure and doubtful about everything. I had a lot of doubts about things like, would I even be able to go so far away from home to live? I knew I could live in another country by myself, I had already proven that to myself, but the first time I moved abroad I moved to Germany and traveling there only took 6-7 hours by car. But New Zealand, that is on the other side of the globe, and I couldn’t just come home and visit my family in the weekends. So, I chose to put my fears aside and just go, and boy oh boy am I glad I went.
Moving to New Zealand for 5 months was hands down the best decision I ever made. I don’t know how to explain my time in New Zealand, without going into a long rant about everything I loved about it. But when I think back at my time in New Zealand, I just get this warm and fuzzy feeling in my heart and it immediately puts a smile on my face.
First of all, the country is just absolutely amazing, beautiful, insane, mind blowing, and I could go on. The nature there is something out of this world. Every where you looked, like a picture from a book or a movie! And for me, nature is one of the things that really calms me down, and I just feel happy when I am looking at it. And just being there and looking around at the mountains was absolutely amazing.
Then there are the people that lives in New Zealand, I mean wow, just wow. The people living there (or at least the people I met and the vibe I got in Dunedin where I lived) were so nice and friendly, and completely different from what I am used to back in Denmark.
But the most important thing for me are all of the people I met and became friends with during my time there. I met so many amazing people who have changed my life. It was crazy, but for the first time in a long time I felt like I was making friends, who didn’t have a hidden agenda, and I felt like I could be myself around, without any judgement, and that was amazing. The friends I made during my time there changed my life for the better, and I am so grateful for that.
One of the things I am most grateful for right now, is the personal development I had. I grew do much during my time there, I became much more confident, I felt a lot better about myself and I was just generally much more at ease with everything. I let go of this mask I had created for myself back in Denmark, and I didn’t have live up to anything, I could just be me. This might be sad to hear, but this might have been the first time since I was a young kid, that I was truly and unapologetic being me, I wasn’t trying to be anything I am not, I was just trying to be who I really am.
I had one goal for my exchange, and that was to challenge myself and do things I had never thought I would do and just have an amazing time, and I can certainly say that I did do a lot of things I had never imagined I would do. To name a few of them, I lived in a student hall (the thought of doing that before moving there gave me anxiety), I was a lot more social and participated in a lot of social events, and the biggest thing for me was going bungee jumping (I never thought I would do something like that).
At the time I didn’t know that it was happening, but when I am sitting here today, a year after I left to go to New Zealand, I can look back and see what I was doing. Every time I think back to my time in Dunedin, I get this warm feeling in my body, and I automatically start smiling. I could write so much more about all of the amazing things that happened during my exchange, but that would make this too long, so maybe I will write some more about it later. I could also write some of the more challenging things in this blog post, but I choose not to do that, I want this to be a reflection of the feeling I have about my exchange, which is positive/happy and so on. Of course, I had some bad days, and days I was struggling, but as it is right now, I can’t remember those days, but maybe when I decide to read through my diary from that time, I will see it.
I want to end this post with saying thank you. Thank you to the universe for leading me to that exact place at that exact time. And thank you to all of the people I met during my 5 months in New Zealand and helped make these 5 months the best ones in my life, I will forever be grateful!