After 21 years is Asia I found Switzerland to be a very strange place but, more than that, I found the concept of “being back” even stranger the feeling of being a foreigner in my own country with my rusty French. But to me, the biggest shock of coming home wasn’t cultural- it was simply the shock of being home. I find it challenging to adjust to driving everywhere (no crazy driving lol!), the cost of things, most especially the weather.
I’ve been back home for over months now, it’s been nice to be home. It’s so good to see my family, catching up for the lost times, having a big brother, sleep in my own bed, relax on the couch, enjoying the privacy, the unconditional love, the feeling of being appreciated and taken care of, the respect and peace of mind that I’ve always needed. Travelling and challenges on the rocky road change me and it’s always interesting to see how life back home has changed my friend’s lives. I’ve come back to new couples, new kids, and new marriages.
The real cultural shock of being is just simply being able to cope with being home. Adjusting back to your culture doesn’t take long. Within a short time, you’ll get back into your groove and remembering the little things you loved. You will be shocked at first but after spending so much time on the rocky road dealing with new cultures, getting back into your own culture is similar. But dealing with leaving the constant movement of the travel lifestyle can take much, much longer and be much, much harder of a shock to deal with.
Most importantly, coming back home and warm love from my family recharges my batteries and my passion in life, the passion and fire that I’ve lost for a long time. After few months of being home, I’m excited to my new adventure. It’s like I’m beginning my life all over again, where the energy and vibe matches my own and to see the people that shape my life, It’s the people I’ve meet that make me rich, vibrant experience that it is, shape the memories more than the locations itself, can make a bad place good. Teach me about what i like or don’t like in others. Always shine lights on my ignorance, teach me about myself and the people around me, gave me eyes and mind, to see and understand a lot of things when I was blind.
Life is indeed filled with strangers who shape our lives, both good and bad. All the people we’ve meet leave a piece of themselves with us. And often you don’t realize it until much later on. You don’t really think about it until some melancholy, reflective night in the future. As they say “thing’s happens for a reason” and it turned out way better than I expected.
Though I’ve seen many amazing places in my travels, they are largely irrelevant. It’s the people I’ve encountered who have made me and my life better. They are what I think the most about. And without meeting people like these on the road, I probably wouldn't have lasted so long on my journey back. Don't waste your precious time & energy on anything or anybody that brings about negativity - life's far too short & precious you see!
So, I turned 40 this year at home with my family, I raise a glass to them and all the other people I've met that supported and believe in me over the last 40 years, the magic to my dishes.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.....Cheers!
My life begins at 40