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A Teenager’s Guide To Moving Countries

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A TEENAGER'S GUIDE TO MOVING Moving countries is not easy. In fact, it is darn difficult. I recently moved to England from South Africa, and it was probably the hardest thing I have ever had to do. In fact, moving is rated by experts as being one of the most stressful life events, after death and divorce. Pretty serious stuff! There is a lot of preparation, irritation, and heartache involved in moving. But the good news is that a lot of the stress can be eliminated, and you can even enjoy moving, if you are positive and well organized. After just having moved, I feel like I am quite the expert, and I know some of the things that may be going through your head, so I will try and give you some help. I don't want to leave my friends! This was probably the hardest part about moving. I had lived in the same town for my whole life and had put down some serious roots. I had known most of my friends for as long as I could remember, and I couldn't even comprehend the idea that I was going to leave them. I sort of blocked that thought out until the last minute. I cried a lot the day before we left as each of our friends came to say goodbye. I had thought a lot about leaving, but it didn't register in my brain, and it didn't hit me that I ...read more.


You don't want to disrupt your rhythm? Life is fine as it is? I lived in the same town for 17 years. I was very settled and comfortable with life. I didn't want to change it. But there need to be times in your life when you step out of your comfort zones. You are going to have to move away from your home sometime. That is just a fact. Whether it is to university, or when you get a job, or whatever, the fact is that you are sometime going to have to leave your little nest. This is a part of life we all have to learn to deal with. And it all boils down to the attitude that you take to moving. If you see moving as something horrible and negative, it will be much harder and take much longer for you to adapt than if you are positive about it. So make an effort to look for the positive aspects. How much and how should I pack? The most important thing about packing is that you think very carefully about what you will need. I very expertly avoided this bit of advice. My brain switched off, and I ended up packing all sorts of bizarre, unnecessary junk. (I remember something about a broken blue stress-ball. Don't ask!) Find out when and if the movers are bringing your household stuff over, and pack up the things in your room that you will want later on. ...read more.


4 When going on a three week holiday I pack: a - One pair of Underwear and a happy smile. b - A carefully considered amount for the trip c - I don't pack, I relocate. Got a problem? 5 My family and I: a - Need restraining orders against each other. b - Sort of sometimes are able to tolerate each other most of the time. c - What, I have a family? 6 If the depth of my roots were symbolised by animals, mine would be: a - Half a bacterium b - A comfortably sized donkey c - You see that blue whale? That is one of the root hairs. Word Count : 1840 Scoring: For every a, take away 3 points. For every b, add 1 point. For every c, add 3 points. -5 or below: Moving would be good, but maybe to a place of more safety. Perhaps you should get help. There are lots of very nice, helpful people out there, who would love to give you some assistance. Contact your nearest hospital. Between -4 and 7: Ideal situation. You are well conditioned for moving. Look forward to a comfortable move. 8 and higher: Moving is going to be tough for you. I suggest you either sit down and examine your reasons for not wanting to move, and see if they truly are valid, or if you see my Granny June around, please give her my regards. ...read more.

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