On Humility and Courage
I am discovering that living abroad is a wonderful gift. For one, it takes courage to uproot one’s life to pursue a grand adventure. Secondly, it takes grace being humbled on a near daily basis.
This isn’t something I’d read about in the culture shock literature. And it is something I think it covered but isn’t referred to in such a positive light. I think it is more like “at first you will be in awe, then you will hate it all.” And I did go through that, too. Followed by depression.
Now that I’ve come out the other side, it hit me today that humility is a really nice practice if you let it be a form of courage. Living abroad takes a willingness to put aside ego, to be embarrassed about not knowing things and to ask for help. And the help you’ll ask for might be from a virtual stranger.
If you are lucky, like I was today, that stranger won’t let you feel embarrassed for a minute.