It is almost going home and I had just been through a slightly dramatic homesickness and I simply couldn’t convince myself of how “I’m so used to it”, particularly when it has already been the 3rd year in a row.
With the anticipation of focusing on good points rather than drowning myself into a chilly feeling of being out of place ~ for the first time in nth years~ I listed down the things I had learned through these years:
1. Personal growth is the top of the list. You will experience failures, pressed under pressure and pushed beyond your limits ~ which are essentials for emotional maturity.
2. Productivity. Even on a lazy day you still have to stick on the work schedule and mark the checklist.
3. Training yourself to do almost everything on your own is the key to establish your flexibility and independence.
4. The first person you’ll miss is your Mom.
5. Speak, read and write foreign language ~ least expected but the most rewarding. Once you learned their language, I promise you can go around-the-country without getting lost. Plus you’ll become aware of on-sale or buy-one-free-one at supermarkets or department stores.
6. You’ll wake up the Superwoman in you. Like when nobody would take care of you if you got sick, so working while trying to get well is a job not everybody is capable of.
7. Needs vs Wants. Don’t buy unnecessary things. Not anymore.
8. Fashion is more than just a combination of t-shirt and denim pants.
9. Life is not fair but there are lot more things to be thankful for.
10. Different people take different perspectives in life so as you spend time with them, you’ll find yourself slowly diverging into more profound life interpretation.
11. You will build a “in a relationship” status with your mobile phone as it is the only way of staying connected with your family and friends back home.
12. Chances to eat different kinds of food for free ~ this is my favorite. I just love eating. That’s how I fell in love with pasta and all sorts of noodles.
13. There are other alternatives than eating rice everday. Like here we have bread and soybean milk for breakfast, chicken sandwhich for lunch and dumpling and corn soup for dinner. That’s it. No rice. Very far from my home’s rice-and-viand-every-meal style.
14. You’ll become more health conscious.
15. You will go sightseeing and would be amazed by the places you thought you’d never set foot in.
16. You will love your parents even more. While you are being detached from comforts of home, you will gradually understand that there’s no simple and straighforward manual for raising kids…. yet your parents made it after all.
Working abroad has plenty of challenges but once you walked past the getting-used-to-it phase and finally adapted with the unfamiliar environment, you will likely become more grateful and appreciative for the given privilege to grow up. And the way you look at life would be more meaningful than ever.
How about you? Do you work from afar? How long it has beeen? What did you learn?