I’m finding friendships in the expat world hard.
I have lots of acquaintances.
I have neighbours with whom I share
numerous the occasional glass of wine.
I have two friends who I would consider to be “close friends”.
But here’s the thing I’m wondering – do many people make deep long-lasting friendships in the expat world? Is it possible?
I know it must be, but for me there’s a blockage that pops up at a certain point. The point where people announce that they are planning on going home or moving on in X amount of time and it seems pointless to pursue the friendship beyond the acquaintances stage. I’m not sure I have the emotional strength to start over and over again. To continually share my real story and not the superficial caricature I trot out in the embryonic friendship stages.
How do I fight that urge to withdraw? Or should I not fight it and drift along in a sea of acquaintances during our stay in expat land?