General Question: Did Anyone Ever Feel Like Leaving Their Country/State To Start Over Was Necessary?

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    Mar 31, 2012 3:49 AM GMT
    First off, I'd just like to say that I live in Trinidad and it is a very small island only about a million people. That said, it's also physically small and it isn't fully developed. I don't hate it, well there are some things that annoy me, but I do love it for a lot of things but right now I feel like I need to move on.

    All my friends are not around me much, they've either gone to a different university than me or left the country in general and where I am right now I haven't made close friends like the ones that have left me (who aren't so close now anyway). I just feel like, the chapter of my life of high school is done and everyone else has moved on and I need to as well.

    Personally, I want to see what's out there. Most people here have what I call "Island Vision" and think that this is all the world has to offer but there's much to see and do rather than what we've grown accustomed to here. I don't know if it's just because I live on a small island that's basically barred from traveling anywhere beyond it without a boat/plane unlike the states that you can travel about with subway/bus/car etc. as it's all connected but I really kind of trapped here.

    I really can't say why but I'm not really even making an effort to get closer to anyone right now because I just want to get out of here and start on my own. Maybe this is what young adults are supposed to feel at this age when you want to have your own place, your own finances and no longer living off someone else but I just really want to get out of here. Did/does anyone else feel this way?
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    Mar 31, 2012 2:44 PM GMT
    I have lived in a few different states in the USA and have spent more than a year in the EU. In addition, I've been lucky enough to travel to all but a few states in my home country and have visited countless other countries (& not through the military or other career). I have a sister and several cousins that were born, raised and still live in other countries from China & Japan to Germany. To say I've not given thought to living abroad would be a lie. That being said, I think it's imperative to be happy with yourself or you'll not be happy anywhere. Of course your situation is different in that you have restrictions placed on you that most people in this country don't comprehend (as evidenced by the laser beam like focused whinning on only very specific issues).

    But, if I were young and just starting out again, I sure would consider living in other places. The states are great but, IMO, as a society we tend to be somewhat isolated in our perspective and most fail to realize just how good we live. Europe is fantastic with rich history and a different (& sometimes) more progressive methods.

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    Mar 31, 2012 3:08 PM GMT
    yes-best thing I ever did
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    Mar 31, 2012 3:13 PM GMT
    beachbum310 saidyes-best thing I ever did


    Same here icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 31, 2012 3:15 PM GMT
    I m 18 and I already start thinking of move from Canada to California/ NewYork. Is that too young? icon_eek.gif

  • Mar 31, 2012 5:50 PM GMT
    I don't look down at people who stay in my hometown because everything that they want is there. They have good jobs and found a partner. For me, the job and dating opportunities were very limited. I cannot imagine how my life would have been if I hadn't left.

    Do it, travel!