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If there’s one thing I’ve learnt, my life is a lie.
No, I’m not a lier, but I’ve got no other choice.
You wanna know the truth, the truth that society expects to hear.
There’s nothing quite wrong but it doesn’t feel right.
If there’s one thing I’ve learnt, I’m living a lie.
Every day the same thing. My palms get sweaty and the uneasy feeling stays as the day goes by.
My soul is dying to break free, but I know it ain’t right.
Who wrote the book on goodbyes?
If there’s one thing I know, my mind is a mess.
Pretending to be guilt-free, as the next lie leaves my lips.
You ask me how I am, what parts of the world I’ve seen and yet there is still one question still unasked.
It’s the same answers every single time. Why do we even bother asking?
If there’s one thing I feel, it’s the pain in my chest.
It happened again. Don’t your roots keep holding you back?
We all know the answer, but yet I don’t know what to say. Do I spit it out?
It’s me and my mind alone.
If there’s one thing I do, it’s the tears that I dry.
People are not bothered. Yet they still want to hear. But if I told them the truth, they’d pretend to be empathetic.
Yet, people don’t care, keep that in mind.
Society is not meant to have people sticking out of the crowd.
But what if I told you, the one thing I’ve learnt.
If you wanna break free, speak up and be proud.
You’re looking for help? You’re looking for support? You’re looking for an open ear?
People do care and it’s okay to be down.
We all play our own little game, paused on different levels.
Although neither wants to admit it, we’re all fighting the same devils.
Would you classify yourself as a rather anti-social person and find it hard to meet locals. Or are you simply just disappointed, that you’re surrounded by people from your own nation, although you came to a foreign country to get to know the locals? Well, I’ve got some tips for you! I’m probably the most anti-social person among you, but I still managed to meet heaps of locals, that turned into friends for life!
1. AirBnb. The best way to meet locals is to stay with them and to experience their lifestyle. The easiest option to get in touch with them, if you don’t have any contacts is using certain Apps. AirBnB is perfect for booking cheap rooms and apartments. Perfect, if you want to have some privacy for a little while, after spending the majority of your time in hostels.
2. Couchsurfing. If you can’t afford to book a private room, couchsurfing is the best solution. Why? Because it’s totally free. In exchange for a few good chats, eventually a meal and a few tips and advises, locals let you stay on their “couch” for a couple of nights. Although people might find it risky, I am a huge fan of the app, having made some great friends!
3. Get out of the city. It’s almost impossible to get to know the locals when you spend the majority of your time in cities. Everybody is busy working or rushing to catch the next bus. It’s a lot more likely to meet people in smaller towns, where the atmosphere is completely different and everyone is just so much more welcoming!
4. Not everybody has bad intentions. This is pretty much the basic rule, you need to follow. If you want to make friends, you need to change your attitude: Not everybody wants to harm you! You surely, need to take precautions every now and then, but most people out there want to help you and are more than happy to meet someone international!
5. No fruitpicking. When it comes to jobs, I can recommend turning your back to the usually typical “Backpacker jobs” like fruitpicking. If you want to experience a welcoming atmosphere and true local lifestyle, other farm work, like outback station work, is what you should look for.
6. Be yourself. You don’t have to be an outgoing and social person to meet new people. Being an introvert can sometimes even be a perk. I have experienced, that locals often come to you and invite you over, when you seem to be insecure or lost. Don’t forget: Not everybody has bad intentions! There is always a way!
Dare Yourself – Prove them wrong!
P.S.: Only two more days of work and I’ll be back on the road! Which means, my blog posts will get a lot longer again!!