Acceptance in a Foreign Country
Close friendships in a foreign place
My culture and nationality allows me to feel great and happy in a new environment.
I live in a happy and modern lifestyle, and enjoy learning daily.
In my belief happiness is great and only that can make me feel good on each day.
My life is not just about cooking, cleaning, and watching television.
It is not about talking with boring people, and about cleaning up after others.
I enjoy living my flexible lifestyle.
While observing the lives of others, their traditional and old-fashioned lifestyles.
Too different and getting used to another culture is difficult to comprehend.
I chose to write this hub from my personal experiences from the local people.
Living in a village with over one hundred people, is a challenging effort.
The many changes made me stronger and with freedom.
My life is not like their lives in anyway.
I enjoy dancing and they find that old-fashioned.
My friendly smile rips them kindly.
My confidence pulls them apart.
My way of enjoying myself is not anything like how they do.
I speak directly to people but with caution.
When I am together with the local women I always feel superior as they treat that way. The local people respect me and like me to be part of their culture.
I have my own life.
I speak English at home and not the Croatian language.
Most of the local people think we should speak the Croatian language at home. To make the language part of our daily conversations.
I listen to my own instincts, and don't need anyone to tell me how I should approach my decisions. I stand my by choices.
A way of life for me and I feel confident.
My way of life is my way.
The local people are materialistic people it is what makes them the happiest.
I on the other hand am the complete opposite.
I prefer being happy with love and happiness and good health.
Certain people look down on others if others have a poor standard of living.
A family who has a fancy home, a car and are wealthy these people don't care to visit the families who don't have that wealthy lifestyle.
The wealthy family looks to the other family as beneath them.
We don’t have much in common, and don’t laugh at the same jokes.
I do try to communicate as much as I can with the local people.
Since we don't much in common I try to go on with my life in my way.
This is to make my moment a happy one with preferred company.
This happens everywhere in the world but in a small community, Each new day allows me to go forward with my positive mind.
Life is what you make of it is what I believe in!
The phrases such as, ‘’when you in Rome do as the Romans do,'' or ''if you can’t beat them then join them,'' are all easier said than done.
I have not experienced such behaviors before I came to Croatia.
I see how most people live here, and also learned lots about these people.
The envious kind, and the fake kind of people, exist around me.
I try to keep my distance, and it works perfectly for me.
I am just me!
My experiences allows me the opportunity to write when I can.
To share with my readers, and to enlighten the minds of my readers of my new life in a foreign country.
I will always be the foreigner in this circle. Sometimes it felt difficult to cope with the conversations with others.
As unusual as it may appear to the eyes of the local people, happiness to me is normal.
I grew up in a happy childhood, and will not change the way I am for anyone.
Most of the local people have not accepted me in their lives.
I am living in Croatia for many years, and still have to go through the many challenges.
It is like these moments won't go away, or will always be different.
No matter how much I try to fit in, it is not happening for me.
I have decided to focus on my life, totally, and not to visit anyone unless asked occasionally.
The more I see, the more I don't want to be with such kind of people.
I have tried helping out on odd times and each time. I learned something new and there is always an individual who will try to make me feel as the outsider (the foreigner).
I find it hard to understand of how they can behave this way, I live here and speak to these people daily.
Accepting foreigners in any country is not a friendly gesture. The far too many envious lives of the local people has got to me lately.
I enjoy talking, and visiting people but understanding their mentality is most inconvenient or complicating for me.
Have you ever felt this way living in a foreign country?
The local people do like me. I would be easily accepted if I gave up my way of life in return.
I am a tough nut to crack, and won't give in. I can't just throw away the part of me that makes me the happiest
They don't understand me, and that all they want is for me to let go of my modern lifestyle, and to fall into their old-fashioned life.
Growing up in a westernized life made me the modern person I am today, and I like it that way.
Trying to make me something I am not, is not going to work out.
I prefer the easy and convenient life.
I have will not allow any other to take away what makes me just me.
Life here has never been easy from day one for me. There is too much of red tape, and it took me forever to get started on a project. I had to wait a while for paper work to be sorted out.
I waited for six years to become a Croatian citizen, and finally, I am able to have my own business.
All the time I spent here was my greatest of challenges that I ever had to go through.
To put up with people who find it so hard to accept me without change.
Another experience that would eventually pass and will always be talked of among us.
It has been most difficult to start speaking the language, and now that I know so much more of the language and of the behavior of the different people.
I can still take on more challenges.
Life is what you make of it!
I know that if I sulk nothing will feel good in my life. To feel good I write. Family is important to me. I enjoy spending time with family.
Conversations get better and I am positive about my new beginning in Croatia.
People are the same everywhere and should be treated with respect.
I can't pretend to be happy when I am not happy. I will not put on a pretense smile I can't do what others do. A difficult life to be in if not born into it.
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© 2014 Devika Primić