A New Beginning…
So I guess this is it. My time in Ireland has come to an end and here I am, writing my first ever blogpost from my desk on the third floor of a parisien apartment. Really it feels so surreal to finally be sharing this new chapter of my life as it is happening with you guys.
If you follow me over on Instagram you probably know by now that I’ve been spending the past few days sightseeing, settling in and really just coming to terms with the fact that I don’t live in Ireland anymore. Today I thought I’d just share some of my thoughts on this with you guys, in case any of you are going through a similar experience or plan to in the future.
Moving country isn’t easy to say the least, especially when you’re going the distance alone. Leaving my friends and family behind as well as the life I’m used to in Dublin has probably been one of the most difficult challenges I have ever had to face in my life. If you’ve been with me on this journey for any length of time now you’d know that in real life I struggle a lot with feeling cripplingly shy a lot of the time. So it’s not like making friends is the easiest thing for me, especially in a city as big as paris.
That said though, we need to challenge ourselves to get out of our comfort zones. It’s easy to be the kid who stays indoors and blogs all day instead of going out and meeting new people. This year I’m really giving my all to change that. And so far, things are working out. Yes, I still feel shy all the time. But it doesn’t mean I’m not going to make friends and fight it. In a city as vast and as beautiful as paris, the opportunity to live here only comes along once in a lifetime so you may as well be open to making the most of new experiences, even if you have to make them happen yourself.
For the time being, I’m still getting my bearings. Google maps has been my best friend for the past week and being immersed in French culture after a year of not being in college means that the language is ever so slowly coming back to me. But I know that this is the opportunity of a lifetime and an experience I’ll remember for the rest of my life.
If theres one thing I love about Paris (aside from the amazing sights of course,) it’s being able to sit outside the cute little cafes and creperies with a croissant and a cafe au lait. Life here seems so much more relaxed than life in Dublin where we us Dublin gals can often be spotted sprinting through the narrow city streets in our high-heels, elbowing past groups of tourists and spilling our Butlers coffees all over the place. The parisians really know how to take their time and enjoy the little things in life which I think in this day and age is a great skill to have. Things are are just so peaceful here and the city itself just has such a chill vibe. Already I feel really like I belong. I just wish I had my friends from home here with me so I could enjoy it that little bit more.
Anyway, I just wanted to update you guys a little on what’s going on. I can’t wait to share more of the city with you. Until then I hope you all have a good week and make it through the first week of school. See you very soon in my next post.