An American living in Paris has celebrated her six-year anniversary in the country by revealing the brutal reality of making her dream come true.
Amanda Rollins, who is originally from Boston, Massachusetts but moved to Europe in 2017, used TikTok to work through a list of issues she had to overcome.
Problems included stealing six phones, preventing an “attempted kidnapping” and up to five visits to the hospital.
Nevertheless, the The 33-year-old nonetheless encouraged others to take the plunge as she said the experience was “priceless”.
Amanda Rollins, who is originally from Boston, Massachusetts but moved to Europe in 2017, used TikTok to work through a list of issues she had to overcome
Problems included stealing six phones, preventing an “attempted kidnapping” and up to five visits to the hospital
In the clip, which has been viewed more than 811,000 times to date, Amanda speaks directly to the camera while candidly sharing her thoughts.
She begins: “Today is the sixth anniversary of my moving to Paris and I want to share some thoughts with you.”
“There are four pregnant bellies I’ve never been allowed to touch and seven newborns I’ve never been allowed to hug.” Four funerals I couldn’t attend and dozens of birthday parties I couldn’t attend.
“I’m known to have had six mobile phones stolen, an Uber driver attempted to kidnap me, I was attacked by about 14 men in the Louvre and my drink was drugged with something on the Seine.”
“I went to the police station five times to fill out police reports and five times I visited the hospital.”
“A Frenchman has made me cry at least 100 times and I’ve been told ‘c’est pas possible’ at least 500 times when it could have been.”
Amanda continues, “If you move abroad, you will miss everything at home.” You will miss events, births, weddings and funerals.
“You will spend countless days feeling lost, ignorant of life and feeling stupid.” You will be discriminated against and treated like a second-class citizen simply because you are an immigrant.
Still, the 33-year-old encouraged others to take the plunge as she said the experience was “priceless”.
In the clip, which has been viewed more than 811,000 times to date, Amanda speaks directly to the camera while candidly sharing her thoughts
“You’ll make new friends and then they’ll move away.” You won’t be able to express yourself the way you want and you’ll keep thinking, “I’m so much smarter in English, I’m so much funnier in English, her.” have no idea.”
But the problems don’t end there, as the social media star adds, “You think you’re fluent in the language and then you realize you’re not and then you think you’re fluent Be really, really fluent -” but no, you’re still not.
“You’ll have to relearn everything you know about how life works and it’ll suck — but do it anyway.”
Amanda then turns to why people should move, despite the extensive list she just made.
She said she’s lived in three different apartments, got a new cat, and “had the most intense relationship of my life.”
Regrettably, she reveals that’s what led to it “I experienced the worst breakup of my life,” but said nonetheless, “I’ve created a whole new sisterhood of smart and caring women and it’s just amazing that I’m so fortunate to be able to surround myself with them.”
Not stopping that, Amanda said, “I’ve had four jobs and got fired from one of them, which is really scary living abroad, and I’ve completely changed my career.”
Pointing out that she now has more than 725,000 followers on TikTok, she claimed to have “helped millions of people with their trips to Paris.”
Concluding her candid speech, Amanda says, “Most importantly, I can look in the mirror and say I’ve done everything I’ve always wanted to do.”
“I’ve attended at least 40 concerts, had 100 picnics, eaten 500 baguettes and drank a million bottles of wine,” she adds.
“I’ve traveled to 35 countries and I think I finally understand French culture.” I’ve done things I said I would never do and I’ve changed my mind about issues I’m passionate about struggled in the past.
“I’ve learned that your beliefs aren’t stagnant and inherent — they’re just beliefs, they’re relative to your environment, and they’re subject to change.”
Concluding her candid speech, Amanda says, “Most importantly, I can look in the mirror and say I’ve done everything I’ve always wanted to do.” There’s no secret dream in the back of my mind that I have for one keep later.
“It doesn’t exist because I made them all and that feeling… that’s what they write stories about, that’s what movies are about.” People wish they could bottle that and sell it…
“The only way to get that feeling is to take the plunge yourself.” For me, Paris is the happiest place on earth and that’s where I belong, but maybe your place is somewhere else.”
She ends the clip with a rousing statement, “If there’s something you want to do in life, just do it because if you don’t, you’ll regret it for the rest of your life, and I promise you’ll feel the opportunity.” to look in the mirror and say you did it is priceless.”