I’m not one for making new year resolutions. I usually give up pretty quickly anyway. but THIS year…. well, I’m HOPING this year will be different. My resolution is to keep a blog regularly updated. But not just any blog… MY blog. A website where I can share what I’m really passionate about. And hopefully, a place where I can interact with my readers so that we can learn about something incredible together and share each others experiences and insights. The year 2013, by God’s will, ended with a discovery that I actually know what I want to do with my life and a confirmation that my greatest and deepest wish would soon come true. But I’ll tell you more about that in later posts.
For now, all you need to know is that my home is different than the average home. My mom is an American born and raised in New Jersey. My dad, who was born in Egypt, is an American-Canadian by citizenship and a Greek by blood. My oldest brother was born in Canada, but my sister, 2nd brother, and myself were all born in Thailand where my parents were missionaries for 17 years. I lived in Canada for 1 year, Thailand for 7 years, and America for 14 years now. I am a Third Culture Kid (TCK)… a kid who grew up in a culture outside my parents’ “home culture”, identifying with neither my parent’s culture nor my host culture. Instead, I identify with the thousands of individuals who have grown up with this common feeling of being an Alien at Home, wherever home may be.
It is my desire and passion to study this TCK culture. I want to learn about the challenges and blessings. This semester I will officially be starting this research, and I would like to invite you to learn with me. I want to share what I have discovered, what I have experienced, and tell you stories about individuals (friends, celebrities, and even fictional characters) who identify as TCKs. Most importantly, I want to invite you to share YOUR experiences, your thoughts, and your criticisms. The TCK experience is unique as a whole, but you will find that there are areas in which you will relate. Tell me about it!
For now, tell me about YOU!
1. Where were you born?
2. Where have you lived?
3. Where is your “home”?