Maybe I was naive to think that moving to a new country would be simple. Logistically, it’s a complex and time-consuming process. The visa process alone took around 4 months to complete, and that was 4 months of living in the unknown, where I was not able to set a move date or answer the question that I received countless times per day, “when is the big move?!” However, the unexpected and more challenging part about moving my life abroad was a shift in mindset that I have not experienced before, at least not to this degree.
To back up a bit, I’m writing this post from my new home in Prague. Well, I’m writing this on my phone in a Starbucks in Wenceslas Square because I had a sudden wave of inspiration come over me as I was out running errands and I didn’t want to lose that creative momentum. Surprisingly, my first week living in Prague has been the most stable week I’ve had in the past 2 months. A normal person would be at home preparing to move internationally, but not me, that would be too easy. My travel schedule the last two months has consisted of: Philly, back to Seattle, LA, back to Seattle, LA again, back to Seattle, Prague, back to Seattle, Portland, back to Seattle, and now finally Prague.
With all of this external chaos and uncertainty, I was challenged to find and create internal stability, or that’s what I will call it. It has been a true test in controlling what can be controlled and allowing everything else to just be.
You can't control the tides, you have to build the structure that can survive them 🌊
— Robby Carre (@RobbyCarre) April 19, 2016
One of the most productive outlets for me has been Flywheel. In my last post, I wrote about attending boutique spin classes in LA, but little did I know I would carry this obsession with me back to Seattle. I started going to classes at my local Flywheel studio and soon enough found myself planning my days around my favorite instructors, 5-7 times each week. Spin class has been a way for me to tangibly measure my personal growth, both physically and mentally. Believe it or not, spin class isn’t only good for intense cardio, it’s also one of the most therapeutic and motivational activities, where I spend 45-minutes each day in a state of Wordlessness, as Martha Beck would call it. I will often enter the studio with a stress-clouded mind and will leave with a clear path to navigate the challenges in front of me. Not only do I gain mental rejuvenation, but I leave with a confidence and feeling of being able to conquer the world, or at least the world around me.
[Side note: I just returned from my first Czech spin class, and although I didn’t understand a single world, the energy is universal. Plus, they played Kanye and that’s all I really need to be happy.]
The other unexpected side effect of going through this process was the way that I developed and built existing and new relationships. Of course I leaned heavily on my friends for support, and shout out to all of them for still being friends with me, because each and every one of them has received a frantic text or two about not knowing what I’m doing with my life and each and every one of them has talked me off that ledge. There was another phenomena that occurred where, without realizing it, I let down filters and walls which has allowed me to connect quickly on heightened levels with new people. I still have trouble explaining this one but I think there was a subconscious “you are leaving, so you have nothing to lose” switch that went off , and as a result I’ve made some wonderful new friends.
I left Seattle feeling ecstatic to take on this new adventure and truly enjoy every moment, in the moment. I’m humbled to have the opportunity to live in Europe and in a new city, and I hope I don’t lose sight of that feeling. Traveling to Europe became normalized over the past few months and I almost took it for granted, but now that I’m here and surrounded by the beauty in all of the details, I am feeling inspired and I’m ready to learn and explore. I don’t know how I’m going to document this adventure yet, but a life update felt like the right start. 🙂
All outcomes are positive when you take risks unapologetically
— Robby Carre (@RobbyCarre) April 22, 2016