Choices, choices. We all have to make them. I don’t think there are right and wrong choices. For me, it is more a matter of consequences and about how much a person is prepared to deal with them.
written by Glyka P.
Once upon a time, I was left with very little choice. At 25, unemployed for a long time, with almost non-existed prospects of finding a job. I never really thought about living abroad up until that point. I was too in love with my hometown. You see, Thessaloniki has a distinct charm of its own; with the seafront and mount Olympus looming at the far end of the horizon, its countless coffee shops and bars, museums and galleries, historical sites and beautiful corners and alleys. And there is always something going on around the city.
Yup, Thessaloniki has a lot of things to offer ―apart from paid employment; especially if you belong to the humanitarian field like me. And I wanted financial independence and a place of my own really badly. I couldn’t get that in Thessaloniki. So, I had to make a choice. It took me some time to overcome my indecisiveness and my doubts, but in the end I did it.
I applied for a master’s degree in Edinburgh. Why Edinburgh? Well, first of all, it had one of the top universities in the world. And secondly, it was on the top of my traveling list. I remember spending hours on my computer checking out tickets and prices and accommodation, the city’s sights and trips to the Highlands. So, I thought if I am to try my luck abroad, I might as well go there.
Three and a half years later I am still here. And let me tell you, the photos do not do it justice. This place is like a fairytale that has come to life. The city of miracles and fireworks ―that’s how I like to call it.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that life here is easy and super-amazing all the time. You have to try hard and be patient and don’t let the difficulties get you down. But there is something about Edinburgh that gives a sparkle even to the worst days.
It is not just the city of course. It’s also the people I’ve met here. Eccentric, fiery, crazy, silly, yapping, wonderful. I was really lucky on that aspect. Crossing paths with all these people made a huge difference in my life.
When you live so far away from home you need to have good friends by your side; to support you through your ups and downs, to make you laugh when you’re feeling crap, to inspire you, to give you the energy to keep going, keep trying. Yes, I was truly lucky on that aspect.
But I took the chance. I left everything and everyone behind and to come to Edinburgh for a fresh start. And it worked out.
All I am trying to say is that sometimes you need to make the hardest choice, the one that will lead to the most radical changes on your life. It is a risk, I know, but it’s one worth taking. And, hey, if things don’t turn out the way you hoped, you can always make another choice that will take you somewhere new.
Rest assured. Nothing is permanent.
Ps. Do add Edinburgh on your traveling list. You will be enchanted, I promise you.