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While it can often feel like an adventure, moving abroad alone can sometimes bring inevitable feelings of homesickness. This is a significant loss for me. Decades ago, it would have been challenging to get in touch with family and friends when we are even 100 miles away. But these days, the system has been very comfortable with the advancement of technologies. Say Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype or others, we can connect with each other. The communication is a vital part of life, whenever there is an effort being rendered either by the local friend or family member or the expat who moved out, things would never be indifferent.
Please rid yourself of this idealism immediately. It’ll save you a lot of heartbreak and frustration. Keeping in touch takes a lot of effort, even without the added difficulty of translating through a new cultural lens. While you happily burble on about the fantastic roast duck at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant down the road, your friends and family back home will be nodding in polite interest. There will be an initial period of excitement over your new lifestyle, but it’ll fade. Your lives are on very different trajectories, and it can be hard for some people to understand what they have never experienced.
Recently, I brought my dad to my home in the United Kingdom for a fortnight. Next in the line, I have my mom to visit the United Kingdom. But my GSD is quite crazy, and he misses me badly. Not only my family and dog but my close associates in India also do miss me badly.