Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
Two years ago today we were off and away. We had brains in our head and shoes on our feet, and arriving in a country where we knew barely anyone we could steer ourselves any direction we chose!
It’s been two years since we became expats.
Two years since we moved lock, stock and barrel (well, apart from a very old dog and a 20 foot storage container) to Singapore.
Fortunately the second year has been smoother than the first. The peaks are still high but the valleys haven’t been as low as during the second 6 months we were here. That 6 months was hard, as the novelty of living in a new place gave way to frustration and all the other classic culture shock symptoms.
You’ll come down from the Lurch
with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you’ll be in a Slump.
I did un-Slump myself (though it’s not easily done) and the past year has been richer and more rewarding. We’ve travelled a lot, we’ve focussed on our little family and we’re stronger as a result.
It appears the two-year mark prompts the point where people back home ask “So, when are you moving home?”. Maybe it’s only expats who really understand our answer: we don’t know. A 3 year contract doesn’t mean much. It could change tomorrow, next month, next year. We could be here for a few more years or we could wind up somewhere else in the world.
Only time will tell!
Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done!
Many thanks to Dr Seuss for his wise words.