I’m not gonna lie. I am having a bad day. Work just flat out sucked, I’m broke, and I have this anxious feeling in my chest that I can’t explain but won’t go away. It’s not the first time this happened, but I do know what it means. It means I need to take some time to take care of myself. Clean my house (ugh, why do I sound so grown up?!), cook a nice dinner, watch a good movie and write a blog.
So that’s what I am doing. And since I feel kinda bad, I thought it would be nice to list all the reasons why my life is actually pretty great. You know, perspective.
And that’s how I ended up creating the list of all the reasons why I would never regret leaving everything behind and moving to Greece. Perhaps you’ll find that maybe this would be a great idea for you to, and it’s easier than you think!
The first things family members notice when they come visit is the atmosphere here in Greece. Back in The Netherlands we’re so used to achieve more, to earn more, to appear to have and accomplished more and more every day. Which is a very exhausting way to live, especially when you don’t agree with that capitalistic mentality in the first place.
It’s pretty hard to escape such a society when you’re quite literally stuck in it. So if you’re like me and you value experience over money, try a change of scene!
The Greek people are laid back. Their country is in crisis (yes still, no matter what the news tells you, this crisis is still visible on every corner); yet the Greek don’t bother saving their last dollars just in case. Nah, they just as happily order one last iced coffee to last them through the day. What were you gonna do with that one euro anyway?
It’s a simple example, but I love it. I love don’t having to rush to catch a train. I love walking up to my favorite souvlaki place or coffee shop to find my friends already there. I love not making plans. Here I never have to schedule one-on-one time with friends. We just find each other, in this city of millions, and hang out.
Life is so much easier if you strip away all the unnecessary societal “rules” we have taught ourselves. It’s like one big holiday here.
Besides all that, the country is just gorgeous. No more flat lands with cows and sheep. No, I have mountains now! The Aegean sea! Beautiful architecture and ancient ruins! Greece has so many new sights to see that I’m still amazed by the beauty of this place. Yes, even in the midst of its busiest city.
Some more things to consider:
The money ain’t that bad. Judging by Dutch standards, most people I know wouldn’t even get out of bed for my salary. But what they don’t realize is that I make double, almost triple the average income of a Greek person. I rent an apartment (read, actual apartment, no flat sharing) in the capital city for 250 euros a month, including bills and internet. I paid more than that for my room when I was studying in one of the smallest student cities of The Netherlands.
So, putting everything in perspective, I’m living the dream here.
I mean, the job itself sucks. It’s call center work. It’s as bad as you can imagine. But it’s the type of work that you can close off when you clock out. You leave it behind and start your evening fresh. No worries, no nothing. Just actual free time.
And then we have the obvious: you learn so much when moving away from everything you know. You learn to take care of yourself. You learn to make friends. You learn to let go. You get to know yourself in an incredible intimate way that I would never have back in Holland.
You get to know new people, build life-long friendships and experience new cultures. I am so, so happy I made this decision.
If you read this and think, oi, that sounds good!, then please let me know. If you wanna start working in Greece I can get you that interview, no problem. They are always looking for people here and they have almost no conditions concerning education or experience. So take that leap. You won’t regret it!
I mean, imagine waking up to this every. single. morning.