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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 March 13, 2019

                                                    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                                    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                                    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                                    1. Work on the small tasks.

                                                    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                                    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                                    2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                                    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                                    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                                    3. Upgrade yourself

                                                    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                                    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                                    4. Talk to a friend.

                                                    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                                    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                                    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                                    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                                    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                                    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                                    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                                    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                                    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                                    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                                    7. Read a book (or blog).

                                                    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                                    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                                    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                                    8. Have a quick nap.

                                                    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                                    9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                                    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                                    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                                    10. Find some competition.

                                                    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                                    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                                    11. Go exercise.

                                                    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                                    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                                    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                                    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                                    12. Take a good break.

                                                    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                                    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                                    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                                    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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