I don’t mean to get all morose on you here but I’ve written lots about how much I enjoy living in Australia and have barely touched on the negative times you face when you move overseas. But I was sick (and consequently homesick) recently and had a lot of time alone to wallow in my misery. (And wish mum was here to nurse me – yep, some of us never grow out of that!) From Skype fails to visa nightmares, here are 17 of the saddest and loneliest moments I’ve experienced since moving overseas.
Feel free to add your sad times to the end of the list!
1. When you’re sick and realise you don’t have a doctor, don’t know how to get one and if only you’re mother were here she’d know how to fix it.
2. When you’re really sick and realise that if you popped your clogs on Friday no one would notice until you’re late for work on Monday – likewise if anything sinister happened on a night out. <Shivers>
3. When you get really good news but have to wait 8 hours for everyone back home to wake up.
4. When someone back home is having a shit time and you want to hug them but your arms don’t stretch 10,000 miles, unfortunately.
5. When you’re discussing something very important over Skype and it freezes (usually at the most important part of the story) so there is just your ugly face staring back at you.
6. When someone uploads a family or best friend’s photo and you’re not in it.
7. When you’re planning a wedding and sweating over the small stuff and there’s no one way to say ‘have a word/get a grip mate’.
8. When you experience any major life event and the people you imagined sharing it with aren’t there with you.
9. Christmas. ‘Nuff said.
10. When you’re applying for a visa and it’s the suckiest/most expensive/ overly complicated process ever and you spend days crying at the keyboard.
11. When you’re premenstrual and craving Minstrels/Foxes biscuits/ anything by Galaxy (just me?) and all there is in the supermarket is this sad foreign excuse for chocolate.
12. When you waste yet another long weekend as you forgot/didn’t know there was a public holiday. (Might be just a self-employed thing!)
13. When you can’t vote on important matters (marriage equality, for example) because you’re not a permanent resident despite being in the country 4 years.
14. When friends and family innocently ask when you plan to come home and you feel like the shittest person in the world for saying ‘I don’t know’.
15. When you’ve been home for a visit and leave with the words ‘see you later’ stuck in your throat as who knows when that will be.
16. When you’re having a homesick week and want to pop home but don’t have a spare $1k-$2k in your pocket.
17. When you realise that all of the sad times above are totally your fault as you chose to move overseas. #expatguilt
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