Today is not an ordinary day since I'm turning 22. To be honest, birthdays are actually nothing special for me anymore. It was just more exciting when one was a kid. However, I'm still happy to get older and to feel extra special one day of the year. But I actually don't mind if people forget it or whether I get any presents or not, like in "the good old days", when it was the most important issue without a doubt.
Well, there's one big difference this birthday compared to previous ones. As a twin, I'm used to share more or less everything together with my twin brother. Above all, birthdays. Today, it's getting a little bit complicated because we are in different countries. As a matter of fact, I am living in Vienna for the moment since I'm an exchange student there for one semester. My brother, on the other hand, is fully busy with his education in Örebro, Sweden. Basically, this means that there are no chances to share this day together, which is a strange feeling for both of us. But I'm not complaining about this fact. Although I'm without my family this extraordinary day, I don't feel bad about it. Firstly because my birthday doesn't have the same meaning for me anymore, secondly because it's a new experience and a barrier to breake for me which I like since I always strive for new experiences in my life. I mean, how would it be if everything was exactly the same, year after year? It might be nice to a certain extent maybe, but I always advocate changes and variation. In the long-term, it will enrich your life.
My current life in Vienna is amazing. It was a big challenge from the start. Especially since it was the very first time I moved abroad and settled down in a new, unknown country. I went here alone, on purpose, to make it "even worse" just because I wanted. It was an excitement for me to put myself outside my comfort zone and go somewehere else to study, meet new friends, travel and create memories. Memories that I will save for the rest of my life. I knew that this exchange would encompass a lot of challenges. Nevertheless, today I've been here for four months and there are less than three weeks remaining, which is unbelievable. I have to admit that the decision of moving abroad is one of the best choices I've ever made. This mobility period have been an incredible experience which had given me so much new insights about other countries and cultures. In addition, I have also improved my language skills in both English and German, which was one of my main aspirations before I got here.