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25 Things Only Third-Culture Kids Would Understand

25 Things Only Third-Culture Kids Would Understand

A Third-Culture Kid is someone who has spent most of their life in a country which they aren’t ethnically connected to. Life in the country is usually temporary for various reasons. There are usually people of different cultural backgrounds also residing in the same country, which leads the Third-Culture Kid to adopt all the cultures he/she is surrounded by. The only person who can understand the life of a Third-Culture Kid is a Third-Culture Kid.

1. We often make the mistake of comparing things to “back home” and then get the dreaded question, “Where are you from?”

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    2. When somebody asks us the dreaded question, we have to take a deep breath and begin the journey that is our life story. Which then leads us to explain that we aren’t really from anywhere.

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      3. We are constantly shuttling back and forth between continents, so we become addicted to being jet-lagged.

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        4. Some airports feel like our second homes. We know exactly where the great food and shopping spots are.

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          But mostly we wish we were this little girl.

          5. We have spent so much of our school life surrounded by people from different cultural backgrounds that we have absorbed aspects of all these different cultures ourselves.

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            6. When we try food from a restaurant that claims it has the best *insert country here* food, we automatically become food critics.

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              It’s never as good as the food back home.

              7. We have friends scattered across different continents, living in completely different time-zones.

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                8. Therefore, we find ourselves waking up at 4 AM to call a friend on her birthday.

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                  9. Our computer has a widget that includes the time-zones of all the places our friends are currently living.

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                    Which makes us hate the whole concept of time.

                    10. People are confused when we tell them we speak a certain language fluently.  

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                      We spend a lot of time trying to explain it to them.

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                      11. We would much rather spend our time at home with WiFi so we can Skype your friends whenever necessary.

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                        Lost WiFi is reason to panic.

                        12. We have done some foreign external exam at some point in our lives that has led us to almost have a nervous breakdown.

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                          13. We feel lucky to have so many friends around the world because it’s an excuse to travel to new places to visit them.

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                            14. But then we also feel unlucky because we would much rather have them live right next to us.

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                              15. We get excited when we meet someone who used to live in the same place we did. 

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                                It’s like finding that one curly fry among all the regular fries.

                                16. Our accents fall into a specific category that isn’t recognized by many people.

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                                  17. We know so much about countries most people have never visited because we have friends who are either from those countries or who are currently living there.

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                                    18. We find ourselves still interested in watching the lame soap operas with subtitles that used to air when we were younger.

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                                      19. We can say curse words in many different languages, which comes in handy when we need to not be understood.

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                                        20. We can also say “I love you” in many different languages, which makes us seem worldly and mysterious.

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                                          We love you too Seth.

                                          21. We have mastered the art of packing our suitcase two hours before we have to leave.

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                                            22. Our group text buzzes at odd hours of the night because of the different times our friends are awake.

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                                              23. When we are frustrated we tend to rant in another language, which leads people to think we need an exorcism.

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                                                This pretty much sums up the reaction of most people

                                                24. Our playlist includes music from various cultural backgrounds that we find ourselves singing along to, even if we don’t understand much of it.

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                                                  25. We know that no matter how far we go our hearts belong to the place that held it the longest.

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                                                    Last Updated on December 2, 2019

                                                    10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

                                                    10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

                                                    Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

                                                    In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

                                                    These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

                                                    1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

                                                    Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

                                                    But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

                                                    Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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                                                    2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

                                                    You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

                                                    The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

                                                    3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

                                                    If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

                                                    Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

                                                    If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

                                                    4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

                                                    Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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                                                    To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

                                                    In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

                                                    5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

                                                    We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

                                                    If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

                                                    Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

                                                    “Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

                                                    6. Give for the Joy of Giving

                                                    When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

                                                    One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

                                                    So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

                                                    7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

                                                    Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

                                                    Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

                                                    8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

                                                    When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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                                                    So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

                                                    9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

                                                    Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

                                                    It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

                                                    It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

                                                    10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

                                                    There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

                                                    But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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