Embrace Change

Leaving home is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do in my short lifetime. Even though I didn’t want to admit it, I knew that I was too young and naive to be able to handle everything on my own. I put on a brave face, organising everything that needed to be done, packed everything and even said goodbye, barely shedding a tear. And now I’m here, I can’t help but feel slightly alone.

But, even so, I’m not unhappy. In fact, I’m having the time of my life. I’ve never had so much fun before. All of the worrying was basically for nothing, now that I’m enjoying every moment I’m here.

I do miss home, but I’ve learnt that hanging onto the past and ‘what used to be’ can only lead to remorse and sadness. Instead, I’ve managed to let go and embrace change. Of course I still love my family and friends, but nothing is permanent, and when change comes, which it inevitably will, the best thing to do is to take it head in and learn to make the most of it.

How do I make the most of it? I make sure I appreciate every moment. Even the simple things like walking through campus or sitting in a lecture hall. These were the kind of things I dreamed about when I was younger. Spending a moment to take a deep breath and say to myself ‘I’m actually here‘ reaffirms the fact that I want to be here and that not only did I choose to be here but that I worked my ass off to do it.

So, when I’m feeling blue because I’m thinking of home, I might give my parents a quick phone call, but instead of thinking about how much I miss home, I should think of the happiness I can create for myself right here.

  • Rachael

    I really like your posts. im moving to uni this october and wondered if you could do an article on minimilist packing. I want to pack minimilisticaly but trying to work out what’s essential and whats useful is really difficult having never lived away from home.

    • minimalstudent

      Hey Rachael, thanks for your comment!

      I’ve actually written a post on this very subject ‘Moving from home to dorm‘ and a part 2, what to do upon arrival, back when I first moved myself.

      But also, I will be going abroad this summer, and one of the most important things I’ll be doing is packing, so I’ll definitely do a whole series on minimalist packing, so please look out for that! 🙂

  • Rachael

    thanks I know how to declutter but am struggling to make the decision between what im going to need for uni and what I love but will be staying at home. My uni is in the middle of nowhere so everything I need has to go with me. could you suggest a packing list.