When I was teaching, something that I worked on with my class is the power of your mindset. You can have a fixed mindset (you’re set in your viewpoints and nothing will change that) or you can have a growth mindset (you’re open to the possibility of change). Your mindset can determine how you experience something.
I think when you move overseas your mindset makes a difference. Coming in with an open mind (yet, still one that is prepared) can help the transition and the experience. If I focused on all the negative aspects of the new country, I may just be in for quite the unenjoyable experience. However, if I focus on the positives of the move and the country (surely there are some positives if you look!), then I may be in for a more pleasant experience.
Having more of a growth mindset and a mindset focused on positivity can enhance the experience of being in another country. Needless to say, you still need to prepare yourself for the differences and perhaps the aspects that aren’t the best.
Living here in Beijing is quite the opportunity and the experience. For me, it’s the first time actually living in a city (and not just on the suburbs). I get to enjoy the experiences of easily walking to shopping, grocery stores, restaurants, and the homes of my friends. For the first time, I get to truly experience public transportation (taxis and metros). Like with any city, not just here in Beijing, there are aspects I could do without, like the traffic and the crowds but I’m going to focus on the positives. I have the chance to ride the metro when the traffic is too crowded or I can’t hail a taxi. On the other hand, I can take a taxi when I want to shorter my travel time by 10-20 minutes. There are so many different opportunities when living in a city that you make it work based on how you’re feeling and what you’re doing.
Since we’re here for an extended time, I want to make the most of my time. There’s so much history to see and so many sights to explore. That’s what I’m focusing on. Don’t let the negative aspects bring you down–just be prepared for them.
TOTE: Your mindset makes a difference.