My mom is so good at finding these exceedingly accurate, not to mention moving, articles about expat life. You may remember my post on “trailing spouses” and being an expat housewife, and now I bring you another article that is sure to strike a chord with my fellow expats, ex-expats, or anyone that has moved during their life!
Lisa + World puts the realities of being an expat in the “real world” in such an honest light – each of the items on the list really hit home for me (I’m sure my parents and sister would say the same).
Having grown up as an “expat brat” and having enjoyed the international stints (probably more so in retrospect than as a surly teenager), I knew that this was something I wanted to continue in my “grown up” life. To that end, when Barr and I got married (heck, even when we dated) we discussed over and over how much we both wanted to live abroad, especially once we had children – exposing ourselves as well as any offspring that we should have (inshallah) to different cultures, languages, cities and people is central to our little family. That being said, living an expat life is not without its hurdles – and that is what I feel Lisa’s post puts so eloquently: we expats want that lifestyle, and yet you still wax nostalgic for your home country (whatever that means!), being close to family, and truly putting down roots in one place. I’ll be the first to admit that a part of me is always jealous of those who are still best friends with their kindergarten best friend or childhood next door neighbor – that is something of which I have very little concept (even Barr, who is so close to his high school friends – that’s another special bond that I lack). Home is such a transient place to me, but I feel blessed to continue my journey as an expat, and also find someone like Lisa who so concisely articulates what being an ex-expat is like.
Speaking of “home”, I’m off to another one of my homes this weekend – bon voyage Dubai and bonjour Houston (followed by Los Angeles and Nashville)! I couldn’t be more excited to see my parents, grandmother, fur baby, and friends – and of course celebrate two dear, loving and amazing friends from college (one wedding and one bachelorette/hen party). Until next time…