When you immerse yourself into the unknown, you learn more about yourself than a place where you feel comfortable. Living in Montreal has definitely been a culture shock. Nothing I’m accustomed to. From the language to the culture, everything is completely different from back home. But sometimes we need these kind of experiences in order for us to grow as human beings. Stepping out of our comfort zones is necessary. But even though everything here in Montreal is far from the known, there lies beauty everywhere you look.
After being here a little over a week the only two french words I know are Bonjour and Merci, needless to say it’s been pretty difficult to communicate with the locals. But even though there is a language barrier people here are extremely nice, by far some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Everyone is very helpful and usually if you don’t speak french most people will communicate with you in english. Canada is very different from the states, people here are a little more open minded about everything and not super uptight like we are about everything back in the states. It makes me questions why we make such a big deal about everything back home, when we could be living a life of comfort like the people here in Montreal.
Here in Montreal Architecture is kind of a big deal. All the buildings that surround you in the city have a beautiful and unique style to it. I never imagined I’d be experiencing something like this. Some days I walk out of my apartments and just appreciate the art throughout the city. There aren’t many places around the world with this kind of artistic element.
The more I study about Montreal’s culture, the more I get curious about my own culture and origins. I think in order for a person to really understand themselves, they have to know where it is they come from. In the states, we live our life fastly paced that we forget to ask these questions or even try to make sense of it all. But as for me I think it’s important that I know where my origins lie while I’m studying different cultures around the world. It’ll allow me to understand who I am and why I am here. And even though my stay here in Montreal has been incredible, I’m still not 100% content. I’ve left my family behind to learn about a different culture and that’s really hard to face. Being hundreds of miles away from home will really put into perspective what the true meaning of family really is. I miss mine and every day that goes by I miss them even more, but I know this is what needs to happen in order to build for them.
Sometimes we have to sacrifice certain things in life to get to where we want to be. I’m having to sacrifice my time with my family in order to begin writing my second book, but I know when I get back to them those moments will be cherished like no other. So in the mean time I have to do everything in my power to make sure my time is being used wisely. Because time is ticking. We don’t get these opportunities back, so we have to make the most out of them while we have them.