Coming back home after living abroad for a time is not easy!
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Yup, Reverse Culture Shock! It’s a real thing!
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So, I’ve only been back from Chile for about a week now and the only way I can describe coming home after living abroad for a time is: “weird” & “confused”.
In Chile, everything felt so normal. Living there just felt like normal living, but now everything I do here seems weird and different.
For example: It’s dark outside right now (@8pm which is 2hours earlier than I’m used to, but that’s not the point). So, it’s dark and I just turned on the lights in my room and it actually made the room so much brighter, like almost unbearably bright. It’s like I wasn’t even used to light anymore (except for natural sunlight, I saw that everyday☺).
But, why did this light just give me a headache?-“confusing”
Or, another example: I went to the grocery store the other day (to get one thing) and I could barely find it (it took me a good 10minutes of wandering around before I found it). Everything seemed to be in a different place then what I became used to in Chile.
And, that’s not all.
I think one other thing that makes coming home even “weirder” and more “confusing” is that now I’m comparing things from Chile to here, but I didn’t compare things from here in Chile.
So, why am I doing it now?-“weird”
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Yes, home feels familiar and looks pretty much the same, but there are a few things that are different that you can’t understand why they changed, but they just did. In the (what felt like a short amount of) time that you were away, so much has changed, yet somehow, everything is still the same.
It’s pretty hard to describe this “factor” because the things that seem like they changed only seem different to you because your brain has “evolved” (it’s like it’s playing tricks on you). It’s tricking into thinking home is different because you are no longer fully consumed by every little thing that happens at home because you’ve seen things/problems much bigger.
Your new perspective is showing you not to consume yourself with little things at home because the world is so much bigger than your little problems and there are many more & bigger problems in the world!
Culture shock, or even Reverse culture shock, is not something that should stop you from traveling!
I think culture shock and reverse culture shock are important things to notice and feel when traveling because they make you more aware of yourself and the world around you!
Here’s a picture that I think well-describes culture shock and reverse culture shock:
#9 should make you want to travel (it does for me)!
Thanks for reading!