I was born and raised in a small and beautiful town in Upper Austria. The town is located within a picturesque landscape with mountains and a beautiful lake and I really loved growing up there. After I graduated high school, I decided to move to Vienna for several reasons. Especially because I wanted to live the “busy city-life” with all of it’s positive and negative aspects. I really enjoyed the 7 years in Vienna and I am so thankful for all these amazing people I met and friends I got. After months of private turbulences I decided to leave this city and this life, to clear my mind and to find new perspectives.
I decided to start this “identification process” in my hometown. I never thought about the possibility, that this could be challenging, but to be honest, IT IS pretty challenging.
I arrived at the end of October and I decided to stay there until my final university exams which was expected in January. I was pretty busy with studying from October to January and it wasn’t a problem at all to stay in Attersee.
But after I got the diploma at the end of January the challenge started. The main reason was that I cancelled my original plan – which was to move to London in February – because I felt deeply in love with Cape Town. This means that I am now still staying at home waiting for my Visa which is not that easy to get and I have no idea where I am going to be in a month. People asked me a few times in the last weeks, if I am happy to be home. “No, I’m frustrated as hell, and I just want to get my Visa obtained” is too raw, too honest. People don’t want to hear that truth. Therefore I started thinking about the positive and negative aspects of being a “short term resident in my hometown”.
- It can help you think outside the box: I am pretty sure that this “stay” is one of the main reasons why I started considering Cape Town as my new hometown.
- It can help you focus on your long-term goals: I started to prepare “life-goal-plans” to get insights into my current life status quo and where I would like to see myself in 5, 10 and 15 years.
- It can give you a place to store your stuff: No detailed explanation needed I guess.
- It can bring you closer to your family: This is a pretty important aspect for me, especially because I am going to move abroad in the next weeks. Now I have time to spend time with my family.
- You’re now an outsider: I never thought about this possibility but that’s the truth in some way.
- You’re struck by moments of nostalgia
- You’re shocked that certain things are still there
- You’re saddened by what isn’t there anymore
Lastly, I am grateful.