So, if you’re suffering from this unending plague of the unknown, read on to find out how you can survive in a new city.
AnonymitySo, you’re in a new place and it terrifies you because you don’t know anyone. There’s no one at your beck and call, no shoulder to lean on when there are tears in your eyes. And you keep cribbing about it. But if you were to turn your lens just a bit, you would be able to see that there is beauty even in anonymity.
CultureLet me tell you this: I’m a Gujarati living in Bangalore. When I first set foot in this unknown land, I was shocked out of my wits. The people here were different, their languages were different, their traditions and rituals were different. And I felt like an intruder in an alien land. But six months down the lane, the same “alien land” feels like home. You must be wondering, reader, how did this transformation happen?
AcceptIn the process of unraveling culture, you will come across many different characteristics of your new home that are every endemic and different. At this point, all I wish to say is: stop cribbing. It doesn’t matter if all these seem normal to you or not, they are a way of life for the natives. Stop cribbing about the excessive traffic jams, try to find magic in the madness instead.
RetainJust because you’re into this mode of learning new concepts and gaining new experiences, it does not mean that you forget what you already know. So, while you’re making new friends, take the time to call your old friends once in a while. While you’re gaining new experiences, take the time to reminiscence about the past.
So, in the end, all there is say is that shifting to a new city is the best experience that one can gift oneself. So, grab this chance to rediscover yourself.
Written by Aneri Doshi
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