REVERSE CULTURE SHOCK #3: IDENTITY
WHERE DID I MISPLACE MY IDENTITY?
Expats are all too familiar with the impact an overseas relocation can have on identity. Well, ditto for when you repatriate. My reverse culture shock was intensified by my identity changing from something recognisable overseas, into a discomforting state of flux back in the sedate little city I call home. ”
More wise words from Repat Jack on the painful but necessary process of rebuilding your identity (again!) when you return home…
"Friends, family and former contacts were making noises about my having had ‘The life of Riley’ and it was time for the old me to come back. I understood but it irked me. I wasn’t prepared to park those identity forming years just because folks thought I should.
I embraced [a] temporary identity as an ‘expat wife in reverse’… & filled my free time with sport and recreation, creative and cultural pursuits, globe-trotting and community involvement.
Riding along with an identity in transition and focusing on non-career activities have helped re-frame my professional and personal life to fit more with who I am, and what my lifestyle is, today. Eventually, I found my misplaced identity. "