10 Important Lessons I Learned in London
January 1, 1970
Hey everyone! It took me a while to write about my latest trip to Europe, but I needed quiet time to do it so. So here I am lying in a hammock on a peaceful afternoon. I feel the breeze blowing through my hair and I start recalling the most remarkable moments I experienced in London.
What I love the most about traveling is that it is always a great opportunity to experience and learn something new. While in London, not only did I learn important aspects of the culture and the language, but I also learned significant life lessons.
Today I bring the 10 most important ones in my opinion, which follow:
Lesson #1: History matters
History is the collection of humanity’s stories that helped to shape our present. Not only did those stories affect the place where we currently live, but they also affected our own life narrative, as well as attitudes and personhood.
To know our own selves better is to know our own history. To go to historic cities such as London, where important events of the human history were held, is to find some of the many puzzles of our individuality.
Here’s a list of some of the most important museums in London:
Lesson #2: We are all the same
Social acceptance is vital, since we all are social beings. However, to fit into a group can be hard if you want to keep honest to yourself and others about who you are and how you feel.
London is a multicultural city where you can find people from all over the world. In other words, London is a place where you can be free to be yourself not matter where in the world you are from. There, to be different is to be normal :).
Experiencing that, I realised that people should be seen as people and not be judged by how they look or by their beliefs. We should remember on a daily basis that, regardless our differences, we are all the same.
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Lesson #3: It is good to be honest
I found Londoners a very straightforward people. If they don’t like you, they are not afraid to show it to you, and it goes the other way around too. For some people, being so direct and honest may seem rude, but you know what? I like it.
I like when people mean what they say and have no intention to pretend to be someone else just to be socially polite.
Being honest and straightforward avoid misunderstandings and waste of time. You already know what needs to be changed, or not, and you won’t go home pondering about the possible meanings of what your boss, teacher, partner or whoever said earlier. You already know what is it… there is no doubt.
Likewise, being realistic makes you see things clearly and helps you with decision making. Decisions that are made based on reality have more chances to endure, differently from that ones based on illusion.
I bet that you won’t tie the knot with someone based on the illusion you have about his/her love for you, right? All in all, deep inside, we all seek for truth.
Lesson #4: TV makes us feel afraid
I went to London in December, couple of months after the attacks in Paris. Of course that I was a little bit apprehensive about it, not to mention my family. But as soon as I got there, I realised that the media tries everything they can just to sell the news. Making us feel afraid is something that they are really good at.
The room we rented in London through the Airbnb website was great, but there was no TV. At the beginning, I was disappointed about it because I wanted to listen to as much English as I could . But later I realised that that was the best thing ever. Forty-three days without TV turned out to be the moment of my life that I felt totally unafraid.
Lesson #5: I can change the world too
Walking in London, you will see so many buildings, skyscrapers, bridges, monuments, palaces… Mostly everything you will contemplate while being in Central London was made by humans. Those humans are exactly like you and me.
Pondering on that fact, I came to the following conclusion: great ideas can change the world and it does not matter from whom they came from. Everyone, if properly trained, has potential for that. We all can impact the world too.
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Lesson #6: There is no such thing as Perfect Place
Every place has its positive and negative aspects. London is great, but the weather is something to be considered if you are not very fond of low temperatures.
In London the sky is usually gray and the sun is something hard to be seen. Also, the rain is always there. If you are willing to go to London don’t forget to pack your boots, jacket and, most of all, an umbrella.
Lesson #7: Do what you love
Everyone is good at something and doing what you love is paramount. In London streets dancers, singers, artists show us daily that it is never too late to do what we are good at and to be who we are. I am a singer, I am a clown, I am a dancer, I am a musician, I am a teacher, I am a lawyer… Every profession has its value in our society and, therefore, they are equally important.
Lesson #8: Buy what you need
London is definitely not a place for shopping. Outside Brazil, England is the most expensive place I’ve ever been so far. A trip to London will definitely turn out into a financial education class and by the end of your trip you will learn the basics to saving money: 1) plan before shopping; 2) Compare prices; 3) Buy what you need; 4) collect moments and not things.
Lesson #9: Studies & Travels Match
If you love travelling and want to boost your professional career, but don’t know with which to invest your money first, my advice is: do both at once!
I went to London with the objective of improving my English skills at English Studio, one of the best Language Schools in London. I had classes from Monday to Friday, but during my spare time I was exploring other places. That’s the advantage of going to Europe; visiting another country is as easy as going to another state in Brazil. 🙂
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Lesson #10: Value things that cannot be bought
During your free financial education classes in London, you will also learn that the most important investment is the interpersonal relations. For that, you won’t need money. Love itself is the currency.
I am so thankful to have met incredible people in London and for having my partners in crime with me.
A big thanks to my lovely friends for sharing memory and life with me in London.
*(Cheers to Christina, Julia, Laila, Michelle, Milla &Thami)*