1. When this little guy is your right-hand man.
That little book that tells you all about yourself: your name, the homeland of your parents, the last place you lived once. Maybe constantly changing with new colorful stamps and visas.
2. When this is the view from your “front porch”
This one gets you. That view above the clouds that looks the same no matter what part of the world you’re flying over.
3. When you at least try to be prepared
This one might have been a good thing to look over before you landed in that place where everyone looked and spoke differently. It’s ok though because you caught on pretty quick.
4. When “The New Kid” is your name
For those who have spent longer times than just a short trip, your new classmates, teachers, anyone constantly needed to be introduced to you and you them.
5. When a trip ends there is always a goodbye
For every amazing new person that you met, there was probably a time where you were forever changed by saying goodbye to someone you held dear.
6. When you see this and your heart skips a beat
You get a little giddy seeing all the places you could possibly go. You are at the hub of travel more than you are anyplace else and it’s exciting.
7. Your Security Blanket was in fact not a blanket
Everything you hold important to survival is found in the contents of this tightly packed, organized safety-bag.
8. When our friends would respond to your travel experience with this face
You aren’t trying to brag but it comes off like you’re teaching everyone geography lessons.
9. When you feel every emotion at once
You are happy, sad, nostalgic, excited, depressed, ecstatic. You feel rejuvenated but drained. When you travel across the world, you’re bound to have some mixed signals.
10. When these aren’t the things you see in movies, they are your memories
It was all worth it because you saw things that some people never could imagine. Your mind is opened and a wonderfully reckless sense of self has been found. You became yourself by traveling the world and seeing the incredible surroundings that make every day an adventure and you are given a lifetime full of epic memories.
The idea for this article was compiled from a number of experiences found in these awesome outlets:
This magazine was designed specifically for TCKs.
This blog to explore the world of TCKs.
This book: Third Culture Kids:Growing up Among Worlds by David C. Pollock and Ruth E. Van Reken, found on Amazon.com.