When you go abroad,

It’ true that absence makes the heart grow fonder. When you don’t have something that you used to have, then you start to miss it and wish to have it again. I am writing this today so we, and even I learn to appreciate little things that we do have now.

When you go abroad from Nepal, most of us will be on our own. Being independent will teach an individual a lot from learning how to manage hard earned money to learning how to cook (if you don’t know that already). However going from the comfort of living in your home to moving to a completely new environment and starting from scratch takes adjustments and courage. Thus, you should appreciate life’s little moments when you are in Nepal. This could mean enjoying the time with your parents and relatives, watching your nephews and nieces grow older and enjoying the company of your friends.

One thing I have noticed is that most people, who are living abroad or have lived abroad for many years, miss Nepal and especially their families and relatives. It’s very easy to take what you have now for granted but the ones who can make the best of their time with their families and relatives will surely appreciate it later in life. If you ask most people who live abroad what they miss back home, they will surely talk about their parents, relatives or friends.

Second when you live in Nepal, it’s easy to take the natural beauty that Nepal has for granted, but when you go abroad you will certainly realize why so many tourists are attracted to Nepal. Nepal is one of the most naturally gifted places in the world. So if you are living in Nepal, take the time to go to Mustang, Everest Base Camp, Ilam or hundreds of other adventurous places in Nepal. All these amazing destinations are right in your backyard. Why not go to a new place every weekend or every other weekend while you are living in Nepal?

Third although life seems hectic in Nepal, people do have a lot of time on their hands. Time is extremely precious. When you have time on your hands, you can do a lot of things. It’s important to best utilize your time because most people living abroad lead a very hectic life. People living abroad are very much caught up in their work lives and do not get that much time off to relax and unwind. So do the things that you really love to do now. When you start working, you will surely miss and long for the days when you had so much time in your hands.

So my point is simple: live in the moment. Happiness is not in the destination but in the journey. Enjoy the simple things that you do have now and life in itself becomes the ultimate present.

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