Expanding Myself and Going Home Again


Union JackOkay not exactly going back home again but in a sense I will be. I recently joined a local group for expats. There is a group here in Raleigh that is made up of citizens of the UK who transplanted over to the area for a variety of reasons and this week I joined. It was a big decision for me to join a social group because being that I work at home I don’t actually interact with people face to face too much and after a while this begins to turn one in to something of a hermit.  Anyhow, I’ve been feeling particularly homesick these days, perhaps from more frequent communication with my cousins via Facebook or simply there’s an ingrained need for one’s ‘homeland’. Wouldn’t that be strange if it were true, although I think it is possible, there is a need for everyone to want to belong, to be around their “own kind” because it makes us feel more normal. Anyhow, I joined this expat’s group. They meet a couple of times a month from what I see on the calendar and usually it’s for drinks or breakfasts or family outings but it’s a good chance for me to expand my almost non-existent social family as well as get a taste of home that I have been craving for so long. This should also be a contribution to the list (of things to do before I turn 30) because one of those things is to rediscover myself which involves getting my accent back. I am ashamed of the fact that I adapted to my life in America by losing my accent almost completely during conversation (solo vlogs seem to be a different story) and I am determined to bring back my English self. Here we go, another step in the direction of a happier and more…complete? me.

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