I’ve been back to my home, Jamaica, for a week now, and every time I have returned I’ve been over the moon excited to be back, but for the 1st time ever the transition has been more difficult that I had ever imagined. My smart friends have diagnosed me with ‘Reverse Culture Shock’ - The shock suffered by some people when they return home after a number of years overseas. This can result in unexpected difficulty in readjusting to the culture and values of the home country, now that the previously familiar has become unfamiliar. As much as I don’t want to believe this is true, it is probably exactly what is going on.
Don’t get me wrong, I am really happy to be back and to see my family and friends, and share time with them, but I have to readjust to what should be familiar to me, but in this moment seems so unfamiliar. In my reading on RCS, I saw a statement that I liked. It was “Understand that the familiar will seem different. This might cause new emotional and psychological reactions to being home.” This pretty much summed up one of my many emotions.
They also said allow yourself time to ease into the transition. I have had so many people give me the, “Struuuups, how yu mean yu a adjust. Adjust to what?” This insensitivity also is a little offensive, but again they don’t fully understand exactly what I’m going through and why, so I will remain patient, and embrace being back on my beautiful rock, in my time, because there is no doubt that I love this place. I’m looking forward to getting back into the groove, because there is a lot in store for me in 2012, and for you from M.E. Blessed love to all a unnu, and always optimistically grindin’. Leggo!