Some days you may not love it right away… and that’s okay. Remember this for days when your new, home away from home starts to slip away and back home comes calling. It’s not all fun, fun, fun — so you’ll absolutely need to have a distracting hobbie or activity to beat the sudden and sporadic homesickness blues. For me it’s, curling up with some fiction, checking out a new gallery or exhibition and hot yoga often does the trick. For the bad days (more like bad moments) please don’t panic. Remember, its possible to be both happy and sad at the same time.
Embrace Difference …the good, the bad, the ugly. We’re all aware that people see things differently, have different values, mindsets, hope and dreams. Different strokes for different folks. But theory and putting it into practice are different, especially when you may feel that those same sentiments are not reciprocated. When living abroad I think its often best to adopt a ‘When in Rome’ approach and attitude. That involves stepping outside your comfort zone and being open to new experiences. Sometimes the result is good as in when I tried afternoon tea for the first time, the food was heavenly; and others not so good (read: awful otherwise indifferent). The amazing thing is, after awhile these little moments don’t bug you so much. Think of it this way, at least you’ll have something to dish about upon your return home.
Most won’t understand… and not because they don’t care. It is mostly because they’ve never experienced it and therefore can’t appreciate it fully. Many people live in the stagnant dreamland of shoulda-coulda-wouldas, wishing, hoping, and talking but never actually trying and doing the living abroad dream. And while the actuality is not all fun and games, the experience is truly enriching — something no one could ever take away from you.
Just remember it’s not an impossibility.