Reverse Culture Shock

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Yeah I was one of those too. English teacher in Asia for 15 years. I'm afraid to admit this to people, wondering what stereotype will be triggered in their minds.....weird junkie, sex-addict, child-molester, sexist, loser, unmotivated ,vagrant, time-waster. None or all of the above? :)
But what I'll focus on here is the utter shock of resettling back in my home country, Australia. Reverse culture shock they call it. The first year back here and I found the customer service poor, Aussies direct in speech to the point of rudeness, and expecting too much from me in conversation. I had become accustomed to being withdrawn, insular and an outsider. Looking back now, it helps me understand why I was attracted to the janitorial industry, or asset maintenance as I someone so euphemistically described it to me once. I could remain on the outside, keep to myself, whilst cleaning. Cleaning is very much an outsider's occupation; the jobs I did anyway. Plenty of time to think. That can be good but it can also be nightmarish when you contemplate how much money you're not earning and how much work the company expects from you for a pittance. OK that's another story.
I think the problem is expectations. When you return to your home country, you expect things to be easy. No language barrier, better medical facilities, higher standard of living. But you forget that you've aged and changed as a person and so have the circumstances of the country you left.
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