From Lagoon to Bush

Reverse culture shock is not something that is easy to deal with… especially when you think you are coming “home”..

Last week I arrived back to Sydney with my two girls, we arrived all excited and ready for our Christmas holiday.

It only took about a couple of hours for me to realise that since leaving Sydney one and a half years ago some things had changed and I started to go into a little bit of culture shock…

When we are in the Cook Islands I call Australia “home”, but I have noticed that since being here I also call the Cook Islands “home”…. so which is it? Australia or the Cooks? I don’t think its as easy as that, especially being in YWAM. I am only now beginning to realise that I may have 2 homes…

I have the home where I grew up.. all my family is here, my friends, all the food and ideas that are so familiar to me are here. The familiar noises, smells and sights that I have for a long time believed to be my beloved home… Australia.

I also have the home where I live my everyday life, my big girl goes to school there, I go grocery shopping there, we work and live there. It also has familiar noises, smells and sights that I now affiliate with home…

This really pulls you in two directions…

When we first arrived,ย I did go into a culture shock of being back in Sydney. The busyness, the new shops, the traffic… It did send me into a spin.

I went through some distinct phases of my culture shock…

First was the honeymoon stage… everything was wonderful and amazing…

Then guilt… I can’t enjoy this its not right…

Then frustration… at all the new and changed things…

Then a stage of being overwhelmed… I just can’t make a decision about anything, there are too many choices….

The next stage was of acceptance… I get it, its been a year and a half things have to change…

then finally a mastery… like I’ve got this…

I still go between all these stages, so I don’t think once you go through them, then you’re all good, but it takes time and flexibility I guess….

In a couple of weeks we will be heading “home” to the Cooks and I am sure I will have to do it all again, but until then I am going to enjoy our family holiday (even more when hubby arrives on Saturday!!!), and rest and prepare for next year and whatever God has for us in YWAM Cook Islands in 2015.

 

2 thoughts on “From Lagoon to Bush

  1. Barbara Wilson says:

    Yes, we’ve been there, especially with our kids. Writing about it is good. Our Bek wrote a short story (which was published) about that as an adult, the bottom line of which was that home is where the people you love are. That’s why you are torn, but in fact, blessed, that you have people you love in both “homes”!! And we look forward to being in the “home” prepared for us by our heavenly father!!

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