|Australia ... a country where you can enjoy the beach in winter|
I feel like I’m being marinated in a sense of belonging, something I fought tooth and nail against in the younger, wilder years. But I need it as I age. Returning is about the serenity and stillness that comes from being part of a deeply known world; the ease of it. My husband and I spent years being outsiders in foreign lands and revelling in that status; but my God, the relief, now, of belonging.Of course, enjoying a feeling of belonging doesn't mean I don't constantly have the urge to travel, or the desire to live somewhere other than Australia for a while some time in the (probably distant!) future, but I certainly don't feel the same unease I had when I first returned to Australia. I'm pretty sure that part of this comes from having started a family here and wanting to see my son grow up enjoying all the perks of Australia - and certainly his obsession with being outdoors would make life in a less sunny country pretty tricky! But I think I'm also just at a stage in life (I don't want to say "age", just stage!) where being at home fits in pretty well with me.
I know I often have readers drop by who are going through reverse culture shock - I hope this gives you some hope for the future - it does get better! Do let me know your experiences below in the comments.