It dawned on me today that it’s been just over 3 years since I started to plan my move to Canada. During that time there was a lot of uncertainty, a lot of questions and a lot of doubts from people I knew around me.
When I applied for my IEC Visa the process was very different to that what you see today. Back then you applied on a particular day, at a specific time and it was a first come, first served basis for who got on the list and got processed. Now everyone is put into a pool and names are drawn at random.
You could be in the pool a week, it could be a month, or could be never pulled, even if you put your name down from the beginning. I’m not sure I could have stomached putting up with that for too long so I have a lot of admiration for those going through it now. All I will say is hang on in there, Canada is definitely worth it.
At the time of my application there were a lot of questions I had. I wonder how many of them you can relate to:
- Will I actually go through with it?
- Would I cope being away from my family and friends and living in a country where I knew nobody?
- What happens if I go and don’t like it?
- What happens if I fail?
- Will I find a job and somewhere to live?
- Is this the right decision?
Add to that I had a lot of friends who said I wouldn’t do it, especially as I had been in a long-term relationship up to that point. That relationship lasted until nearly a year after I left the UK. One thing I am sincerely grateful for is that neither my ex-girlfriend nor my family doubted I would do it. Maybe it was my stubborness, maybe it was them seeing that there was something hugely important about this journey for me even if they nor I could fully explain what it was exactly.
I have been in Canada for just over 16 months and I am going through my Permanent Residency application to stay here. I also have friends who initially were planning to go home at the end of their visas who have gone back to see family and friends, and have come back wanting to stay here.
I think the point of this post is, sometimes you can never fully understand why something is important, and it is certainly far too easy to come up with excuses not to chase something because it might not work out. Believe me I have been there before but I have also chased a lot of my dreams, maybe in more structured ways that just dropping everything and doing something different but I’ve still chased them.
My biggest message to you is, if you have a dream chase it, chase it regardlesss of those that might doubt you, including yourself because I can tell you from experience that whatever the outcome you will learn more from trying than never bothering. I’ve chased dreams that haven’t worked out and I have chased the biggest dream of my life that I am getting to live today.
When I didn’t succeed I felt depressed and sense of failure, now I feel more alive and on top of the world than ever before. Without failure there isn’t hunger to strive for something better. Failure is part of life, be that failed friendships, relationships, goals, careers etc. what’s important is how you move on and what you do next. Sitting still and doing nothing means you’ll never achieve anything. Better to be the man that failed than the man that never tried.
What are your dreams and what have you done to chase them?