So often we find ourselves beginning again. Sometimes it is with little things: starting again at a new school, a new place of work, or even a new home. Often we need to form bonds with strangers, create a new environment, or adapt to a different place. The most challenging new beginning for me was starting over in a different country. My husband and I began all over again with our children and the suitcases we brought with us on the plane. There were so many things we had to learn: where the supermarkets were, how the bureaucracy worked, the English lingo that is used. The new beginning also required starting again work in the workplace. We discovered that our years of experience counted for nothing, and that our education was looked upon with an uneducated eye.
Now many years later after the new start, we see that we have integrated into our new environment. We have created a home for ourselves and our children. We have learned to deal with the bureaucracy of a different country. We have adapted to the expectations of the society we are now living in. I find I still begin again with the little things but at least they are not as challenging as the start in a country across the world from my birthplace.
When have you had to begin again?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt: Begin)