In many ways, life is a little bit like a lottery. We all get dealt a different card, and, as our friend Forrest Gump once said, you never know what you’re going to get. Some people are more than happy to just go with the flow and make the best of whatever situation is thrown at them. But if you have felt that luck hasn’t been on your side recently, simply sitting back and letting life ‘just happen’ can feel a tad frustrating. Even though luck and chance do dictate so many things in our lives, that doesn’t mean to say that we don’t have a choice either. If you aren’t happy with the direction your life is going in, don’t just be carried along by the wave—do something about it! You only get one chance, after all, and sometimes a big change is what you need to get things back on the right track again. Here is some food for thought about areas in your life you may want to address, and how you can create opportunities for the better.
Ending negative relationships. This is probably the touchiest issue of all, and one that so many people are unwilling to address. But if you are in a relationship and you have a suspicion that it is holding you back, take a few moments to sit back and look at the situation without judgment. Are you with your partner because you truly couldn’t imagine your life without them, or are you with them out of sheer habit? If it’s the latter, or if it’s something worse, such as they are abusive—you may want to think about ending the relationship. Every breakup is painful, but if you know deep down it’s the right thing to do, it will make the aftermath a little easier to cope with.
Moving abroad. As far as big changes go, they don’t get any bigger than moving overseas. Even if you love your home country, sometimes spending some time elsewhere can be good for you for many different reasons. Recruit a respected Immigration Lawyer who can help advise you on the process of moving overseas—it will no doubt be stressful, but worth it in the end! Time spent living abroad can open you up to new cultures and new ways of life, which in turn can help to enrich you socially and emotionally.
Changing careers. Similarly to relationships, many of us simply stay in jobs because we are used to them—not because they inspire us. Sometimes, switching your career to something you are genuinely passionate about can change your life for the better, even if the subsequent path you go down is less well paid. Assess how important money is to you and don’t be afraid to try a few different things until you work out what it is that ticks your boxes. No one finds their ‘calling’ straight away, so just sit back and enjoy the ride.
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