When I think about the seven plus billion people on earth, I can’t help but to wonder how they’re living, what we have in common, and what we can learn from each other.
Growing up, I dreamed of studying and living abroad, but I didn’t personally know anyone like me: a brown girl from Eastern North Carolina who was doing what I aspired to do (living abroad, learning languages, and exploring different cultures), so that dream got tucked away for years.
After I had done everything that folks expect you to do (e.g. go to college, graduate school, get a job, and if you’re lucky to have it, live for your annual one or two weeks of paid vacation etc.), I realized that life in the box wasn’t for me. I wanted to break free and pursue my own dreams.
A sociologist with a heart for traveling, it dawn on me, “What better way is there to learn about different societies than to experience life in nations that are different from the one I was socialized in?”
In 2013, I moved to South Korea with the intention of staying for just one year, but love found me in Seoul, where I met my husband. A year later, we had a little princess and 22 months after Amira was born, we had Sabriya. In addition to becoming an expat mom of two, living overseas has made me rethink my socialization and broaden my perspective of the world.
In a nutshell, I’m forever changed by cultural immersion. “With so much variation in the world, what are the possibilities?”