Ok, I know what you’re thinking-“Get on a plane and go!” but-for me at least-it’s not that easy.
Not that mine’s a special case, it’s just that I’ve been living abroad now for eight years, and have decided that I’d be happier in the long run living in a Western country where nationality and language aren’t a factor and I can just solely focus on a career that I’ve been putting off sicne travelling. I’m here in Taiwan now, and have lived in other countries in Asia and Europe. I’ve had great experiences and dont regret my decision to live abroad, but have decided that the fact that those little things like being lost and trying to communicate in the local language that were once so adventurous and exciting for me have now become a pain in the ass, is maybe, an indication that i should go home.
The problem is, I don’t really like where I’m from- the States. And maybe my dislike for the place stems from recent political events, or just the fact that i’ve been gone for so long, I don’t know. All i know is that it makes the most sense to go back there, but when I hear from friends that it’s taking them months and months to find a job, the restircitions, the ignorance, it makes me think twice. I dont have the energy to go live in another foreign country, however. But i’m also scared that I’ll go back and be miserable and get on the first plane back to Asia.
I guess I’m posting this looking for some words of advice from those who have made the transistion back home, or those who are in the process of doing so. How was or is the experience for you?
I’ll be 34 years old soon–is it really that much harder getting readjusted when you’re older? is it harder finding a job? I’m trying to look at it as just another career change, instead of a major life change.
Any places in the States you recommend living in?
Thanks is advance!!