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Change, in my opinion, is always so very strange. When you know change is coming, it seems like everything is simply staying the same. It’s almost as if you don’t believe that it is happening until it does. That is how it feels right now, as I prepare to leave Brazil and open a new chapter in my life.
I can still remember the day when I learned that I was leaving my comfortable life in suburban America. It was Summer, and I was sitting in my basement, relaxing and enjoying my day. It was a comfortable a life, a life I never wanted to leave. It was safe there, something that I valued. I had never really traveled outside the USA before. The only time was when I was on a cruise and even then, I was terrified. Then, I heard it: we were moving to Brazil. I remember many feelings: shock, excitement, sadness. I wondered what my life would be like. It was one of those days I will never forget.
I remember the day that I arrived in Brazil. It had been a hard move, lots of things had happened; there were tears, frustration, anger. When I walked out of the door of the airport, I was surprised. Brazil was so much bigger and hotter than I had imagined. My house was different, my life was different, and my school was different. I was somewhat terrified still, still terrified of change, of new things and terrified of my new life.
Life got harder from here. Culture shock, something that you get from moving to another country, set in. I said above that change is strange. Well, change is also hard. It was hard to make new friends, make a new routine, do new things as I began my life here. Yet, for some reason, something new had begun to take root. I began to be more open to change, more positive, more willing to try new things. I still liked my safe places, but suddenly I was a bit more willing to come out of my shell.
And now, as I leave Brazil and I reflect upon leaving, I return to the idea of change. Moving to Brazil was the largest change in my life. It was hard at times and felt unreal as well. However, this change also changed me. I became more flexible, more willing to try new things, until, now, I’m moving to China. That is one thing of the many things that Brazil has given to me, something that I will always cherish, something that I will always, for time and memorial, be grateful for.
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