Homesickness?



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Kounelli

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It just kind of dawned on me yesterday that it's been 8 years since I've been in Greece and left most of my family behind (I'm with mom+dad and sis now) and I just feel sad about it. It's not that I hate Las Vegas I mean I practically grew up here but I just miss going back to Greece for vacation trips/long-term stays and it hurts. I miss my cousins and my friends and the adventures I use to have and it really puts into perspective how locked up I feel here.

Work, school, work, school, work...I'm just burned out. I want to move back but I know it's not the same with the recession and everyone scrambling to find work and what not. I have no future there, I will be just the same as everyone else even with a master's degree. I am attributing these feelings with homesickness and just missing family and the freedom I used to have (going to the beach, cultural events, etc.). I also have a lack of cultural identity here even though there is a Greek church and what not, it just doesn't feel the same. I go to the festivals and it just feels...diet Greek lol. I don't even have the money to go travel...ramen noodle budget here.

I think I'm just burned out and the fact that I don't really have a cultural community to belong to like I used to makes me feel alone. Ah the life of a bi-ethnic child (Dad's American, mom's Greek), never feeling right at home haha.

Anyone experience something like this or have resources that helped them with this sort of thing?
 

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First off I want to say that I'm sorry you're going through this, for what it's worth. I haven't went through this but have seen some friends go through this instead and it's hard because there isn't much you can do other than move on and be very grateful for the memories and life that you have now. At least, that's what they told me. It doesn't make it less hard, necessarily, just makes things livable.

Have you tried maybe connecting with someone you miss through the internet? Would that help?
 
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