Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone on Holiday – 324

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My partner and I are vacationing in a small town in Greece. It’s really interesting to observe and be present with reactions when entering a new place/country.

For me especially, at the beginning of my holiday, I was in a constant state of dissatisfaction and criticism. I could feel the reactions towards the accommodation, and location creep up in me, and instead of suppressing, I allowed them to come up. Just be with them. I knew these were comfort zones being challenged, and that being here was actually a good/supportive thing. There were a lot of realities present that I wasn’t prepared for when coming to Greece, but were necessary to experience: poor plumbing, power outages, having to walk up and down hills to get to the market or places (if you don’t have a car), having to buy water bottles because tap water is unsafe, having to see stray cats who aren’t neutered, with their babies, and are thin/hungry.

In a way, this experience has been extremely humbling for me. I realize I need these reality checks every now and then because I can get so caught up in my life in Austria and its comforts, I take advantage of that. I sometimes forget about how life is for other people and animals around the world.

Being here in Greece has put my survival into perspective. I have to think about if I have enough water bottles, whether I should go out at certain times of the day because it’s so hot, be careful with cooking and handling local water. Also, I have to be more in tune with myself and my surroundings because there are wild plants, bugs, and animals to be aware of.

This sort of ”wildness” as I can describe is very good for me to experience, to get back to life/reality and see how things really are in this world. Getting out of my comfort zone on holiday is cool.

While some things are harder here in Greece, compared to where I live in Austria, the people are exceptionally warm, open and friendly with you, as a stranger. It’s really nice and different than what I face in Austria. Plus, there is natural beauty all around, from the cypress and palm trees, mountains, the sea/beaches, and the interesting birds and wildlife.

I find it really healthy for oneself to go off to a foreign place from time to time and really get involved, dive in deep with how things are, and live life like the locals. It will certainly challenge your comfort zones and bring new perspectives on how to live and enjoy life.

 

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Day 116: Hiding Fears of Moving to Another Country Through Sleeping

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I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to use sleep to postpone facing the reality of moving because this is the first time in my life that I am moving by myself to a foreign country without the help of my parents and going in for job interviews for an English teaching job.
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to use sleep to hide myself from the reality of moving to a foreign country because of the fear of the unknown/not knowing how I will be over there. 
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to not trust myself to move and seek jobs overseas in realizing I am doing everything I can in preparation for this move and have the necessary assistance, support and resources from people/classmates, school, and my partner to get me through this point.
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to choose sleeping over facing reality through being unsure of how I will be and what it will be like overseas when I am by myself going to job interviews.
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to fear not being able to find where the job interviews will take place instead of preparing myself for the task ahead by buying a map when I am there and understand the transportation system so I am able to get there. 
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to not trust myself in finding out where the job interviews are located due to a belief that I can’t read maps and I will get lost.
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to doubt my ability to find where the job interviews are located in a foreign city because of believing I won’t be able to read maps instead of realizing that I’ve used this belief in the past as an excuse to not put in the effort to use maps when I would travel to different cities with friends and would rely on friends to direct/guide me where to go instead of actually putting forth the effort in understanding how to read maps and figure out where to go due to the perception reading maps/figuring out where to go will be hard work and attaching resistance to ‘hard work.’
I forgive myself that I have not accepted and allowed myself to realize I will have my partner with me the first few days of moving in and that we promised to check out the schools I will be interviewing for before the actual interviews so I know where to go.
I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to not realize the last time I stayed in a foreign country I acclimated to the environment well within the first 2-3 weeks, therefore, I forgive myself that I have not accepted and allowed myself to realize that I will eventually adjust to the new environment as I continue to explore it each day and become familiar with how things work.  I realize I  have English contacts in the city as a point of support just in case I’m having difficulty getting around.
So essentially I see that I have had some irrational fears and anxieties about moving to a foreign country but through writing I discovered that all I need to do to walk these fears is to simply prepare myself for the foreign country, as I have been doing practically – and that sleeping through these fears will not have them go away. I have had experience living in a foreign country before – I was in Prague for one month and became quite comfortable in the city, so moving to another foreign city shouldn’t be ‘that’ bad, especially since I’ve been preparing myself for the road ahead.
I commit myself to assist and support myself to prepare myself on where to go for the job interviews by locating the schools beforehand and understanding how to get them through either contacting the school for directions and/or looking at maps.
I commit myself to assist and support myself to prepare myself for moving to a foreign country by understanding how the transportation system works and how to get around the city.
I commit myself to utilize the resources and people I have when I am in doubt and/or having difficulty getting around in the foreign country.
I commit myself to assist and support myself write out my fears and apply self forgiveness and self corrective application on them instead of sleeping through fears because I realize they won’t go away if I sleep through them and nothing will be solved/directed.
I commit myself to stop fearing about not being able to figure out how to get around the city I will be moving too and instead, take a breath and realize it will take me some time to adjust, but eventually I will know how to get around and I have resources and people to assist me along the way, therefore I am not essentially “alone” — there is help available.
So what’s interesting is this idea that I am ‘alone’ and I have to ‘fend for my survival’ instead of realizing there are people and resources I can get in contact with when I am overseas. This point will be explored in posts to come.

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