The life of a third culture kid may not always be the easiest to live, but it’s certainly unique. While all TCK lifestyles have similar elements, each person has their own distinctive story. Given that American Thanksgiving is right around the corner, let’s take a moment to reflect and be thankful for the opportunity of a TCK experience.
Be thankful for living in amazing places
Most people don’t get to travel the world in the way a TCK gets to — moving every few years to different states or countries, immersing themselves in various cultures and exploring landmarks most people only read about in history books. In fact, many people even live in the same city for their entire lives and don’t give much thought to leaving. A TCK may not have roots in one specific place, but that’s just because the world is their home. And that’s something to be thankful for.
Be grateful for meeting extraordinary people
When you move and travel a lot, you meet lots of new people, each with their own exciting stories, backgrounds, and outlooks on life. Some may be natives of the area you’re in and others may be TCKs, too. Take time to get to know these people — you’ll feel thankful when they share hidden histories of the culture, teach you new traditions, and expose you to a fresh way of looking at the world.
Welcome the experience of exciting new cultures
With each new place comes new ways of doing things. Different countries or regions have varying religions, traditions, foods, languages and more. Be sure to experience everything you can — become bilingual, try a dish for the first time, attend a service — and carry it with you the rest of your life.
This is just a sampling of things TCKs can be thankful for, things that shape them into the people they grow to be. Life is an incredible thing. Live each moment, and remember to give thanks for the journey.