For reasons I will never be able to explain, years ago I became completely infatuated with Buenos Aires, Argentina. Perhaps it was the sensual allure of tango dancing, the spirit of zealous fútbol aficionados, or the Latin American lifestyle, but the idea of studying Spanish and working in Buenos Aires just has not left me alone. I have been offered several jobs here in the states, all of which I have turned down in the event I ever decided to leave the country. I knew that this goal would not leave me alone until I just did it.
So, at long last, I have surrendered to my passion: I leave October 10 for Buenos Aires, despite the many challenges I have had to overcome before making plans to do so.
The lesson I have learned: pursuing your dreams is a lot easier than struggling to deny them.
As soon as I began focusing my attention on my plan, everything fell into place. I told the whole world what I wanted as often as I could, which put my in contact with a photographer, play director, jewelry maker, multiple entrepreneurs, consulate employee, physicians, English teachers, dance studio owner, humanitarian rights non-profit director … and the list carries on. More and more I believe in the six degrees of separation.
The biggest hurdle: learning how to live abroad with an autoimmune disorder. At 17, I was diagnosed with arthritis. Yes, I am only 23 now, even though the word arthritis is most commonly associated with old people (surprisingly, most cases of genetic arthritis are early onset).
I, therefore, have to be regularly monitored by a rheumatologist and must have access to my medication, Humira, which is so expensive my insurance won’t even provide me an advance supply. I did not let this defeat me. I just came up with a more creative, back door solution for gaining accessing to what I need.
When in pursuit of a dream, it is most important to continually visual yourself achieving the results you want, and also to spread the word about your idea. Generating a community of people who support your goal not only creates accountability but also puts you in touch with important resources. So if you’re planning on living in Buenos Aires, let’s talk!