Once An Immigrant, There's No Going Back
As a short background story, I moved to the U.S when I was 16 years old from Mexico City and came back when I was 21. So naturally, I replaced some information with another and I learned a lot of new things over my time there. When I came back, I felt the most unexpected culture shock. Some examples are that I managed my finances in a different economy mindset, I drove differently, I learned different attitudes and habits, I even dressed slightly differently.
At first I was like "what is going on?", but I later realized that even though I always felt foreign in the U.S, I did adopt a lot of things and grew up during those 5 important years of my life, with a heavy American influence.
Honestly, I feels weird sometimes, because I don't connect the same way with my friends from my home country anymore, and at the same time, part of my core as a person isn't American either. However, later on I was able to connect with people that were also from different countries, and we discussed that though it feels sometimes that you're from nowhere, you're actually flexible enough now to become your own combination from everywhere, if you choose to be.
In conclusion, the word "immigrant" has developed a negative connotation when that shouldn't be the case. In theory, the word refers to a person living in a foreign country. So, I invite you to let yourself be an immigrant at least once in your life, and you'll discover how important and rewarding it is to stop being just from one country and become a citizen of the world.
Have you ever gotten the chance to live in a different country?
Would you like to try it?
Share if you do!