All tagged reverse culture shock
It’s been a while since we first started on this adventure together….It’s been good and I’m thankful for this opportunity, but there are a few things I wish you had told me before I boarded that first plane. So I’m writing you this letter with the hope that the next person to join you will know some of these things beforehand. And that those already with you will know that they are not alone.”
I think sometimes we are afraid of what it could mean to give up everything and follow Christ. We try to explain it by saying “Jesus meant ... when he said that!” and start shaping our lives and Jesus into a version we are more comfortable with. A Jesus who wants us to live a balanced life, nothing too extreme (He would never ask us to leave our closest people behind!), and wants us to be comfortable and have an abundance of everything.
I could choose to live my life as I once did – enjoying church on Sundays and seeking success based on what other people say: a family, a house, a car and a nice job. Or I could take an honest look at Jesus in the Bible and be willing to face the consequences of what might happen if I really believe and obey Him.
Reverse Culture Shock. Re-Entry. Transition. All terms for an elusive feeling that is difficult to define and even more difficult to explain. It's not easy. It's not simple. And it's definitely a process. So if you're in the midst of tough transition right now, here are a few tips for riding out the storm.
In a way, I will always be both people. Many different people in many different places. I will never forget that person I used to be, the adventures she had, the blood and sweat and tears and triumphs. But, it does not do to dwell on memories and forget to live.
Some of the dictionary definitions of a foreigner say that it is “a person not naturalised to the country,” an “alien to the country,” or “a person from outside one’s community.” I have my fair share of experience with that. But sometimes, I have experienced this in my home country, too. And that made me feel even more like a foreigner than I ever did with any other foreign experience I've had before.