Now I am sure you are all expecting the title of this post to be some form of click bait, but I can assure you it’s definitely not. I have actually moved house 30 times and I am 27 years old. Not only have I moved 30 times, I have moved all across the county (England, Scotland and Wales), as well as abroad (I lived in America for 4 years). So it’s fair to say I think I am an expert in moving! You can catch up with with most most recent move here.
All jokes aside when I get asked about moving and people realise I have moved so many times, I get a mix of reactions. Some people are really interested and curious about the different places I’ve lived and what it’s like to live abroad. Other people look at me as though I have 10 heads and I have had my fair share of lovely comments including “it’s disgusting”, “it’s not right, “it’s not normal” and you get the idea.
Firstly, I would like to point out that I have actually enjoyed moving over the years. It is completely normal for me, I don’t know anything different – Just as living in the same house their whole life is normal to other people. I think it has been really beneficial and I have learnt so many life lessons from it!
Moving Lesson 1 – You adapt well to change and fast
I personally think I adapt really well to change and very quickly. I am used to my home, job, environment, friendship groups and even culture (sometimes) changing constantly. It’s not until life throws you some sort of curveball and you realise how much being able to adapt and cope with all the change is essential. It’s also been great for work too!
Moving Lesson 2 – You make new friends easily
When you’re younger you run into a new school and make friends straight away. Before you know it, you’re off to the school disco with your new bestie, stuffing your face with sweets and dancing away to S Club 7. When you’re a teenager or an adult it can be a little harder and it pushes you out of your comfort zone. By moving so much that unease of talking to new people and making new friends wherever I went disappeared. Once again it’s all I knew and I didn’t really have a choice if I wanted to settle and have friends.
Moving Lesson 3 – It gives you confidence
I honestly believe that moving so many times has played a big part in becoming a confident person. There is nothing like being thrown into a whole new situation and having to hit the ground running to teach you a life lesson or two. It pushes you to get past the imaginary boundaries that we all place on ourselves, you learn to trust that things will be ok in the end, you learn to appreciate the everyday things in life and most importantly you learn to ride the rollercoaster and make the most of it.
Have you moved house many times and have you learnt anything from it? Let me know in the comments below what you think about moving house.