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Thanks everyone so far! Happy happy me... I really have a lot of STUFF I have to get rid of. I have to empty my whole apartment! That is the biggest thing I'm dreading... (and telling Dad I got the job)|
Originally posted by eyeofstorm at 2006-7-20 03:14
Prepare to be nostalgic after the 'honeymoon period' in China is over. This is just a pre-warning so you know what to expect instead of having it hit you on an element of surprise.
Yeah ... I've read all about it, including the "4 stages of being an expat" - the first part is fun & exciting & new, then you get depressed or lonely or frustrated or something bad... then there's "acclimation", and a "returning to your home country" stage. Supposedly many people go home during stage 2, though some barely expericnce that, or just experience it in bits & pieces as they're going through stage 3 at the same time and it's not bad.... whatever... I'm more worried about my son than me. I REALLY don't want him to get depressed or so homesick that he wants to leave. I'll be making enough money to do fun things with him & let him choose where to eat sometimes, let him buy some stuff, etc.
Personally for ME, I'm not worried. I know I shouldn't get big headed about it, but I'm flexible & adaptable to begin with, I've wanted it for YEARS and years, planned it carefully, etc. I WANT to know what it's like to do things as another culture does, I WANT to live differently. I think it will be very freeing to have to let go of the way I'm used to seeing things and go with the flow. I think it will be good for my son too, to live in another culture before he's even an adult, I'm sure it will have an impact on the man he becomes.