Welcome to the last instalment of the July 2014 Expat Experience link up where I have been sharing, along with other expat / travel / TCK bloggers, some great posts about life abroad. There is a theme to write under each week and if you are keen to find out more, click here.
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The theme this week | What I Learned About Being … … Write about the top three (or more) things you have learned about being an expat / seasoned traveller / third culture kid. It can be what you learned about yourself, what has influenced you most or what are the best bits about living or travelling abroad. Offer some tips about how to make the most of these types of experiences.
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Becoming an expat has really been an eye-opener about what kind of person I am, releasing some hidden aspects of my personality that I was not really aware of. Here are a few of the things I have noticed …
No.3 | My natural shyness is far greater than I had thought. I realised that sometimes it would stop me from doing things (even back in the UK) and make me avoid certain situations. The odd thing about when I became an expat was that it simultaneously made the shyness worse but also considerably less … I think having to be out of my comfort zone on a daily basis has made me more aware of my shyness (thus making it feel/seem worse) but have to combat it more often (making it seem much less of an issue).
No.2 | I am overly opinionated. When you live in a different country and have formed opinions about the people, politics or culture of that place from a foreign perspective, you can think you understand those issues really well, and may even think you comprehend them fully. I have come to realise that unless you have lived in a place, and been immersed in its culture etc, you do not really get the understanding you need to make an informed opinion. I now ask more questions and read more around an issue to try and understand it better.
No.1 | A change really is as good as a rest. Moving abroad and experiencing all the differences that has to offer and finding new things to try really has invigorated me. I now feel a bit more energised by my life, maybe because I have realised that what happens to me and the choices about it really is down to me. I can make the best or worst of a situation. I have the power to change it for the better, and it is not as scary, or as difficult, as I first thought.
Here are my top tips for making the most of your expat life:
- get to know your new surroundings – ask questions, read about it and talk to people
- challenge yourself (in steps as big as you feel comfortable taking) to experience things out of your comfort zone
- be open about the new experiences you have – some will be good, some will be awful, some will be great
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