So, remember how I’m now doing a brief stint with a nonprofit here in Tel Aviv, Israel? Well, this is the very first time in my semi-adult life that I’m technically living somewhere I’ve never lived before, somewhere where I don’t know a single person.
I wanted to do this earlier in my life but I was always a little too…afraid. It can be scary to be in a big city and not know anyone. At least that’s what I always thought. When I graduated University several years ago, I didn’t bother to take the risk and move to a city where I didn’t have a job or a group of friends already set & established. Instead, I took a job in the same city I’d already been going to school in. Easy.
But now I’m here in Tel Aviv. There’s something exhilarating about being somewhere foreign, somewhere unknown. And not just traveling through, but actually living here (even if it’s just for a few months).
I won’t be alone while I’m here. I’m not worried about it even if it were to happen. I’ve got roommates & co-workers. I’ve met people; I’ve started talking to strangers. I’ve got Twitter, FourSquare and CouchSurfing—all really useful ways to connect with strangers. And I plan to take full advantage of it.
Meeting people hasn’t ever seemed easier, to be completely honest. Probably because I’m not holding anything back. I know it’s all up to me. I can’t rely on old friends or old connections. This is my life and now I’m here. I’m taking charge!
Have you ever moved to a city without knowing anyone? How did you manage and how did you change?