Just over five years ago, I arrived in Edinburgh with everything packed into my two suitcases. I knew no one but Scotland had been pulling me towards it ever since I was lucky enough to visit Edinburgh for a long weekend while interning in Wales the year before.
I spent most of my teenage years, dreaming about living in the UK. Perhaps it was the Jane Austen films, the accents (Hugh Grant or Colin Firth in every 90s film), the cute princes or the sense of adventure. Probably a mixture of all of the above if I remember my 15 year old self. All I knew was that I needed to follow that pull that had followed me into my early twenties or I would wake up one day with regret. I’d rather live a life well lived than a life half lived in fear.
So I jumped – or rather flew. I bought a one way ticket to Edinburgh where I studied for a master’s degree at the University of Edinburgh. I knew no one but was lucky enough to find some amazing friends. I won’t say it is always easy chasing my dream – sure I had Europe on my doorstep but visas, job searches and life certainly tested and still tests my dream. I had (and sometimes still do have) my fair share of fearful moments, but I didn’t let it rule my life decisions.
When you achieve a dream – it’s important to remember that it’s not the end of the “happy ever after”. It takes work to live your dream. It has its ups, downs and transitions and, like anything in life, it’s important to continue through these moments and appreciate them to live your dream. A realised dream is beautiful and sweet in all its complexity – not just a “happy ever after” dream that fades into the landscape. Living your dream carves character into your life and surrounding landscape so embrace it.
What dream(s) do you want to chase?