I’ve Been Back In The U.S. For One Year And Here Are 5 Thoughts On It

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So here it is, one year after moving back home to the good ole USA from jolly old England. Well…a year a a month if you wanna get all technical about it.  After living abroad for 4 years, it was nice to be coming back home to the US.  Because the last few months there were less than magical, I was really looking forward to getting back.  I’m a bit of a dreamer though, so things in my life rarely live up to what I think they will be in my head.  This was no exception but it was still pretty good.  So now that I’ve spent a year back in my native country, I can say a few things in a listicle form:

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  1. Things have definitely not gone as expected but, alas, life rarely does.  I know for me, being a dreamer means that I usually only think of the positive aspects of things when I am planning for or fantasizing about the future.  This can be good and bad depending.  Although things weren’t as planned, I have to say they have come out quite good.  I’ve never been in a position where I could go to school and not work, so that’s definitely a pro!  Which brings me to my next point…

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  2. It is weird not having a full-time job.  I sometimes miss going to work, mainly for my coworkers and the feeling of having a real professional job.  Having a career was sort of like a badge of honor for me.  “Look at me guys, working and stuff”.  I never realized that it was kind of part of my identity until I stopped working.  I have worked since I was 17.  First at a kiosk in the mall.  Then a the 99 Cents Only Store, and right after high school,  I enlisted in the Air Force.  After the Air Force I had another full-time job.  During this time I went to school while working to finish my first bachelor degree and taking care of a brand new baby.   All of this together assured that I was a BAMF.  But…

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  3. School is not as easy as I thought it would/should be.  I wrote a post about this before, but it is worth mentioning again.  I’ve spent so many years wishing, hoping, and wanting to be a full-time student without having to have a job.  Ta Dah!  Here I am doing that and I am glad to be doing it, however I also spent those same years thinking that being a full-time student would be so easy in comparison to doing the career thing.  All I would have to worry about is assignments and those wouldn’t be difficult at all, right?  Wrong!  In my mind, my age, experience, and previous bachelor degree meant that school would be such a breeze.  It isn’t, and since I like getting high scores and A’s, it definitely takes more work than I’d previously thought.  That being said…

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  4. It can be hard when you actually get what you want.  Especially when it is something you’ve been wanting for a long time.  It took me a while to stop struggling to find something wrong all the time.  For years in England, all I did was complain.  I feel like 85% of conversations I had with anyone was about how terrible everything was.  Pure, raw negativity is hard to break away from.  So coming back to the U.S., I was still in that mode and would still complain even though I am doing the actual thing I’ve been wanting to do FOREVER.  Why come?  Because it isn’t easy to get what you want and the reason is that likely you either didn’t think you ever would, or now you don’t know what to look forward to.  BUT, fear not, because there is always something you can strive for.

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  5. I’ve had some major England nostalgia lately.  I’ll likely write a separate post on this, but recently I’ve missed living in England.  I complained so much when I lived there.  The weather wasn’t great, customer service wasn’t great, everything is small, my job sucked.  Now that I am not there, I fondly remember lots of things.  Fresh produce at great prices, London, proximity to other countries, my friends, the house we lived in, London, Cambridge, the accents, Come Dine with Me, London.  I mean, it was just a different lifestyle and I realize now that probably a lot of my unhappiness stemmed from work and not necessarily from living in the UK. C’est la vie.

Well there you have it!

 

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One thought on “I’ve Been Back In The U.S. For One Year And Here Are 5 Thoughts On It

  1. If you are an intelligent person who learns from your experiences, hind sights will often be 20/20. Just keep moving forward with your new knowledge, with plenty of rest stops to just chill and restore yourself. At least you are not singing, “if I coulda, woulda, shoulda…” Hugz…

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