I’ve been home for about 6 weeks after being away for 6 years. While there are many great things about being back, there are also plenty of downsides.
1. People never let you forget that you left. No matter what, people always throw it back at you that you went away, especially if you have an opinion on something. I’m getting so sick of hearing “well while you were away we did it like this…..” or “in 6 years we’ve done……” It gets very tiring listening to it all the time and you almost have a time limit on how long you live in Ireland before your opinion counts. I didn’t abandon anyone. Sorry for trying to further myself, I’ll just sit over here and write my blog.
2. You have to make friends all over again. Most of my old friends are either living in another country or have gotten married and are starting families. You think it’d be easier to come home and start over but it was actually easier moving to Korea and making new friends.
3. Sometimes you just can’t see the logic in Ireland’s way of thinking. Living abroad changes how you see things and the sometimes insular nature of the way of thinking in Ireland is indescribable.
4. There’s no positivity or leadership. Ireland has lost it’s positivity. There are a lot of problems, like every country, but there are no solutions or leadership coming through. It’s utterly depressing and you see it on every level from local to national.
I would love to hear what other returning expats have to say. In the meantime, I’ll return to studying. Catch me on Twitter @Iamshaunabrowne