Being a third culture kid can been depicted as both a good thing and a struggle. Not sure what a third culture kid is? Take a read here . In my opinion there is definitely more good than bad and here’s why:
1. I always have interesting stories to tell
Oh, like you know, the time my senior year high school trip was a week-long catamaran sailing trip on Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe? Oh, you didn’t do that? Well, what about the time we went to the Louvre to fully understand Monet and Manet? No? You didn’t get to do that either? Strange ... Third culture kids always have stories to tell and have tons of life lessons based on the experiences. Like when we learned to not hang our legs over the catamaran because crocodiles could eat our limbs? Yeah … good times my friend, good times.
2. I get to travel to some exotic locations for my friend’s weddings
This year alone, I have been to a wedding in Kuwait (via Dubai and Qatar), Geneva and Bukina Faso! You’re probably wondering...how sway? Well, my friend Ananita and I met when I lived in Geneva and she decided it would be a good idea to get married in Kuwait. And Helen, decided to get married back in Geneva after working in Paris – ah what I would have done to be a part of a Parisian wedding – but, I digress. Oh, and finally Pistis, remember the keeping your limbs in the boat story? Yeah, we learned that one together as a crocodile legit almost ravaged her leg! She got married in Bukina Faso. So yes, being a third culture kid is the equivalent to #travelgoals and #collectingstampsbih.
5. I can truly say that I have a friend in most parts of the world … and how cool is that?
While, I don’t really know when this happened, I can almost always point to a continent and name at least two or three people that can offer me a couch to surf on while in town! It’s the best ever! Having friends in places that I only dreamt of visiting as a young girl has been an insane blessing! Summer in Europe? Doable. Summer in Africa – pick a country, any country. Summer in North America – all day erry day! I love keeping in touch (I talk about how to do that here). I don’t mooch off my friends and I’m not the friend that shows up after long absences. I say hi and maintain my friendships, which has led to a really fulfilling life … #blessed.
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Three women going through life.