Not everyone loves it. And of those who do love living overseas, not everyone loves it all the time. I’m currently thinking Texas in August is better than England reinacting the biblical 40 days of rain thin (and I’m a gardener, I’m supposed to love this stuff). The animals started pairing up a couple of days ago, wondering where they need to go to wait this out. Of course, the next time I’m in Texas in August and I start complaining loudly about THE HEAT and THE HUMIDITY you can remind me I said this.
Theoretically the best way to deal with a Bad Thing is to look at the Bright Side. Right? So if expats are feeling like life overseas is a Bad Thing they only need to look at the positives, such as more world travel, the cache they will have when they return home, the open mind they are gaining, etc. ad infinitum. But realistically, an expat feeling like this will likely want to slap the next person who says ‘awww, let’s think about the positives here, shall we?’
The next best thing to do then, and this isn’t theoritically, is something that has helped me in the past, read experiences of other people–in particular the positive experiences. Find books and blogs written by people who are passionate about their overseas life, or at least sometimes are and read them. Regularly. Seeing what others see in their host country, learning how others have decided to enjoy their adventure is a great way to start enjoying the experience.
Visiting these blogs regularly is also kind of like hanging out with these people. And it is a fact that you pick up the characteristics of the people you hang out with, so hanging out with these bloggers who love their overseas life might just help you start to love it a bit more as well–or find that the difficult times are a little easier to deal with.
(You’re thinking about the people you hang out with now, right? Wondering if you do and say and think the same things they do?)
Anyway, for a handful of these bloggers check out my monthly expat round-up over on the BritMums Blog. At the end of that round-up I ask if anyone else has a post they’d like the world to see about how they love their overseas life–of if they’d like to write one (a blog prompt!) and there’s a linky to link to, but you can also share here if youprefer. I’d love to see your ideas and passionate posts!
Oh, and don’t forget to check back here and on the BritMums Blog to see what else people have shared!