I was born for this age.
2017 – the age where the only constant is change, culture eats everything for breakfast, lunch and dinner, diversity and equality is on top of the agenda – and empathy and people skills are at the fore.
The age when millennials train to become digital nomads and travel across the globe taking jobs in remote places, because this, apparently, is the future.
This is the time being raised a Third Culture Kid has become my advantage. My life as a TCK (and brief Londoner) has taught me how to become ‘future me’. Who would’ve thunk it?
My identity is a result of living in constant change. And by serendipity and fluke, this is what I seem to be working with every day. Yay!
My three top tips on coping with constant change.
1. Say good bye properly
This is actually one of the hardest things for me. Much easier to pick up and just leave, right? Wrong. This summer I am travelling back to Istanbul for the first time in 16 years to say hello (and goodbye) to what was once my home for several years. I have a lot of lingering feelings connected to this city. I have a lot of places I wish to revisit.
I plan to dedicate many future holidays to visiting my previous homes. Rome, Tokyo, Vienna, Belmont, London and Istanbul.
2. Say hello properly
Dive in. I was once invited to the school councillor who needed to speak to me about being “too social”. He meant, why wasn’t I just hanging out with my classmates like a normal student? Why did I decide to make most of my friends outside school? Back then, I really didn’t understand what he meant. I felt that the only way to experience living in all these different cultures, was to completely immerse myself in them. I doubt this conversation would ever take place today.
3. Communicate through humility
Sounds like a cliche, but being humble and empathetic to all humans is probably my most important learning from growing up a TCK. I truly believe that everybody have their right to their perspectives, opinions, and thoughts. And what is their truth may not be mine. Not understanding it could spark conversation, debate and further communication. Being against someone's values the same. Most hate is driven by ignorance. And the only way to create a more positive environment here on Planet Earth is to at least listen and try to understand each other. Don't agree? Let's talk about it.
So what does the future hold? Feck knows, I am going on holiday!
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