If you haven't read these yet, but are interested in reading them... you can click on these links:
An expat in Sri Lanka: the Good, Bad and Ugly - Part 1 on what it's like living as an expat in SL
An expat in Sri Lanka: the Good, Bad and Ugly - Part 2 on local attitudes, dual pricing, behaviors
An expat in Sri Lanka: the Good, Bad and Ugly - Part 3 on police force, corruption and stories
An expat in Sri Lanka: the Good, Bad and Ugly - Part 4 on garbage collection, waste and recycling
This post looks at what I call "expat fatigue". Every now and again I come down with an illness of sorts called expat fatigue.
It's something I know a lot of expats "come down" with from time-to-time. I've been diagnosing it among my friends and once I've diagnosed them they look at me in shock and say:
"OMG! You're dead right. I have that".
The thing is... it's lovely to live and work in another country and be adopted into a different culture and way of life. Those of us who embrace new places, people and cultures usually thrive as an expat. However, we also get a little weary or tired from these things too. Sometimes it's the constant battling through language barriers; putting up with inefficiencies; dealing with a climate your body is not used to; or missing creature comforts (food, scenery, family, friends, culture etc) from home!
“It is a bitter-sweet thing, knowing two cultures. Once you leave your birthplace nothing is ever the same.” ― Sarah Turnbull
It doesn't mean we want to up-sticks and return to our birthplace to live and work. If anything, it means we need a "time out", a refresher, a little trip away to immerse in our own culture, people and places; and then come back rejuvenated.
An expat who doesn't realize they have expat fatigue may end up moving away or moving back to where they came from for the wrong reasons. Yes, sure, there are situations where you're either forced to move away (i.e. because your visa was not renewed etc) or you seriously don't want to live here any longer. Fair enough. But, for those that mistakenly blame their fatigue on something else, well, it's a real shame
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