Embracing Change: My Journey to a New City and Finding Hope

Embark on a transformative journey with me as I share my brave decision to move to a new city in 2022. From the difficulties of job hunting to the emotional turmoil of losing a loved one, my story unfolds into unexpected blessings and personal growth. Join me as I explore the profound lessons learned from starting anew, embracing change, and building a life by the sea. Discover the value of good company and the importance of stepping out of one's comfort zone. Let my journey inspire you to find your path and embrace the unpredictable beauty of life. 🌟

Dhara Castilho

12/16/20233 min read

a single flower on a tree branch
a single flower on a tree branch

Introduction: A Brave Decision

In 2022, I made a brave decision that changed my life forever: I moved to another city. The previous few years of my life were not easy, and I was feeling very tired and eager to change things. However, I was not expecting things to change so drastically so soon, and I was taken off guard when it all started.

First, I was searching for a job after being unemployed for some years and oh God – how hard can this be?! I was being totally ignored by every single company, which for me was even worse than receiving a straight no, because there was that small little voice in my head saying “maybe they will still reply soon” (but of course they didn't, and my hopes were slowly dying). Alongside all of this, my grandma went terminally ill.

By that time, I could have chosen to stay hopeless and embrace the pain. But I didn't want to. It's never easy to say goodbye to the ones we love, but I knew deep in my heart that my grandma would never want to see me suffering. So, to honor her memory, strength, and love, I decided to keep going. And eventually, things started to work out.

Moving to a New City

I got a job in the exact same week that my grandma passed. Somehow, I think everything was planned by her in a spiritual way, and this was her last gift to me. And it doesn't matter if this does not make any sense, in my heart, I will always see this way. This job was everything that I needed to finally be able to change my life and start my path outside my family's house. And even though it really hurt to leave my grandparents’ house after so many years living with them, I knew this was necessary for me to keep growing.

And so I left. I wasn't planning it this way, but life has its timing for things to happen. So in a crazy, adventurous, and unexpected way, I just left to another city on the other side of the county. I wasn't quite expecting that, but I decided to trust the Universe – or God, if you prefer – and did this leap of faith.

Starting a New Life

That's how I ended up in my current city, living close to the sea and a beautiful tropical nature. It certainly happened because of my own effort; however, I could never do any of this alone. First of all, I got a lot of help to move so far away, not only financial help, but also to plan and make things possible. Because of that, I couldn't talk about this without taking a moment to express my eternal gratitude for everyone that helped me. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. I wouldn't be anywhere without you.

Moving to another city certainly taught me many things. Even with all the help I got, it was not easy to settle down. I had to learn how to live on my own, and this can be tricky because it's not that simple to learn the best way of doing it with ease. But eventually, I think I figured it out.

The Value of Good Company

Besides that, by being so far away from my family and friends, I realized how important it is to have good people around you. It's ironic how staying alone makes us value the company of our loved ones even more. We were not meant to be alone; human beings need to be surrounded by others to be truly happy.

It's just like we heard in the movie Into the Wild: “Happiness is only real when shared”.

Don’t worry, it's not like I am totally alone here! I have my sisters, my boyfriend, and I have made some new friends. But I did spend a long time at home by myself since I moved here, and I can't keep doing that. It's always good to have your own peaceful space; however, we do need to step out from time to time to socialize. I guess I am still learning how to do that, but that is a topic for another time!

Thank you so much for reading. I hope this can inspire you to find your own path and to trust life's rhythm. ♥️

Embracing Change: My Journey to a New City and Finding Hope