Every year I plan to leave Taiwan, and every year it doesn’t happen. It almost seems like comfort is ruining my life. I have looked at airplane tickets every day for the past month now and watched them slowly increase in price, always too scared to pull the trigger and book the dammed thing.
It’s always the same story — just another year; just one more contract; now is not the right time. I’ve been singing this tune for almost eight years now FFS!
My life here is so comfortable and I have (what I consider to be) an amazing lifestyle). I own my own home with a manageable mortgage, I travel regularly, I have finished paying off my car, I enjoy good food, life is cheap;easy; and convenient. The weather is amazing. My family back home in the UK are always envious when they come to visit me. Why would I want to give all this up?
But career-wise I’m going nowhere. I go through short-term stages of feast and famine with different schools that start classes for me when they have recruited enough students. There is no progression or development in any of my jobs and I want so much more out of life.
Comfort is ruining my life!! I am so scared of giving all this up to head into the unknown. What if I can’t find a job? What if I have to live in a shitty one-bed flat and pay through the nose for the privilege? What if my wife and kid can’t adapt? What about all the violence and safety issues in the UK? No, no, no, no, no! Surely it’s much better just to stay here where everything is just okay (not perfect, not terrible, just okay.) and get on with life. Work isn’t everything, is it?
Does anyone else feel like this? How did the posters on here who have actually managed to pluck up the courage to leave do it? Why do I feel like I can’t leave?