A few years ago, if someone had told me I’d go on an Erasmus, I would’ve ignored them at best. It seemed so unlike me—unexciting and, more importantly, a waste of time.

But everywhere I looked, people spoke how it changed their lives. The only regrets I saw were from people who wished but didn’t go. I didn’t want to be one of them.

My life was stable, full of close friends and reasons to stay. Yet, one thing I couldn’t let go away, the shadow of future regret. The fear of unknown was paralysing me, but thanks to a few close friends I decided to go.

Now, after my second Erasmus, I can tell, the fear is still there, and it seems always will be. The unknown is not and never will be a pleasure for me. But now, I feel safe with it. There is too much to miss to just take life as it is.

I don’t know, it seems that the best things in life are hidden from us and protected by our own fears. As if the master plan was not about us, but the whole human kind. Because life has to move. Do you think you would too, if the best things in life were just effortlessly happening to you?

The Erasmus journey isn’t just about meeting new friends or seeing new places; it’s about discovering a hidden part of ourselves.

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