The Short Version
Hi! I am Özge, originally from Istanbul, but an international citizen of the world, mostly spend my time on traveling. Currently, I live in Hamburg, I like learning languages and dream about living in any country in the world where I feel home.
Like many people, I was taught to go to college, get a job, get married, have kids and live happily ever after. I never thought that chasing the societal idea of “success” would lead me to an unfulfilling and unhappy life. That´s why, every weekend I have been leading different trips to some of beloved destinations and feeling the fulfillment but I still wait for the day when I begin my journey to explore the world, live abroad and make every day count.
The Long Version
After my semester abroad in Germany from 2010 to 2011, I knew that traveling was something I was strongly passionate about. So when I was back to my home Istanbul, I was determined to study my master´s in Germany, and that decision forever changed my life.
However, people ask me a lot why I left such a beautiful city… I miss my family, my friends and Istanbul so much. It was not easy to take this decision. I can say the main reason was the freedom. I come from a modern part of Istanbul and went to German High School there but I never felt so safe as a woman. If you are a woman living in Turkey, you have so many struggles you have to go through everyday. During my semester abroad in Germany, I realized that life doesn´t have to be so complicated.
Upon graduating with my Master´s degree in International Relations and Development Policy, I managed to do an internship in Geneva, Switzerland. Turning back to Germany, I found a job in Hamburg for the project “Integration of Refugees into the Labour Market”. In the beginning I liked my job a lot because it made sense for the lives of these people and it was a big pleasure to support them for their new beginnings.
After a few years, I realized that business life was different than I dreamed about. I loved my office, colleagues and chief but I needed a change. So, I became a teacher at a primary school. From the beginning on, I was a class teacher for the first grade. I wanted to teach my students with a different mentality. LOVE, EMPATHY, SOLIDARITY. I taught them to be empathetic and caring instead of being egoistic and competitive. I taught them to be nice and kind to each other not because of the discipline rules, but rather just to be a good person and feel happiness together. I must say it was so hard to find a balance between personal and professional life what made me exhausted. Being a teacher is more than a job, it is a part of you, and that´s not easy.
I quitted my job because I had to listen to my body and decided to begin my journey to explore the world, live abroad and make every day count. This journey is also for exploring myself, my ambitions and feel the pure fulfillment. If you read this and feel the same things, don´t be afraid.