If your parents had to relocate when you were a kid, chances are that you might have a bad experience settling down in a new environment. Now, if this relocation happened more than a few times, it could have been even brutal. Well, like they say “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger”, frequent relocations can have their advantages. It can make a person mentally strong and equip them with skills and knowledge that others have had no reason to acquire. Taking from my experience, I know that some of these skills can make a remarkable influence on a person’s life later on. So, here are some of the best things that I believe can happen to a frequent relocator.
Improved Communication Skills
Making friends at school, college, job or neighborhood can be tough when you are new to a place. You cannot simply let friendships organically develop as the people there already have their own circle of friends. It can take some time before your presence is acknowledged. This demands that you bring your best foot forward. By honing your communication skills, you can put a smile on people’s face and find a way to their heart. Unless you spend much of your time overthinking the changes that are happening, you will become an excellent communicator.
Get Better at Planning
You will learn firsthand the power of planning. Every time your family moves, you will learn from the mistakes how bad planning led to increased shifting costs, or inconveniences. This will inculcate in you the responsibility to plan things properly before you embark on something big like relocating, hiking, vacationing, and so on.
Breaking Out of Comfort Zone
Most people settle for less than what they deserve in life just because they are too scared to come out of their comfort zone. People who had to relocate every now and then, especially during their childhood, have no sense of a comfort zone. They thrive on situations that make them uncomfortable. Ergo, they are never afraid to chase their dreams or take risks. Although this very gift can land them in pickles every now and then, they eventually manage to overcome their hardships and succeed in life.
If you meet someone who has had to move around more than a few times during childhood, don’t expect them to get attached to things or people too much. Throughout their childhood, which is when most of the personality is formed, they have left everything they held dear to start a new life in a new place. Naturally, they are quite comfortable being alone, and able to overcome life’s obstacles without needing others’ help. One of the craziest things I ever did was take a night out on the town by myself. I got dressed up, made dinner reso’s at a cool spot and hired a car from a great Limo company to drive me around for the night. It sure took a lot of guts, but I’m glad I did. People love that story.
Grace in Times of Failure
These people are not new to failures. Whether it is with adjusting to a new environment, making friends, learning the culture of the new place, or something else, these individuals usually have had quite tough. They have failed more often than they have won. So, they accept failures as stepping stones to success and take their lessons from their failures. They never let their failures get the best of them.