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How Far away from Home Are you?

Updated on March 23, 2018
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Devika enjoys sharing her work with a friendly community. Writing is a big part of her life. Online work has improved her lifestyle.

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When living far from Home

Have you been lived away from home?

You can get to the point where you realize that enough is enough!

The time away from home can hurt or and make you feel like a rock in the middle of everything.

I know that from my experiences over the years living in Croatia and being so far away from home.

Life is what you make of it!

The decisions you make affect you in time.

As a young girl growing up in South Africa, most of what I learned was about my culture, and of the close environment.

The little conversations allowed me to see my life as attractive and unique.

The rest of the world didn't matter until I grew much older and had a family of my own.

When I allowed myself to identify with other people then I began to see myself in a different way.

Identifying myself with other situations had given me the opportunity to see other people as normal and that is how I should see them.

I think of myself as different and love that difference and know other people do observe me from their different sides and from a far.

I am proud to be my true self.

Don't be afraid to let go and let be and to be your true self.

A positive mind gets you through any difficult patch.

Everything changed right there and then and I accepted my life for the way it has changed. No one will ever know my feelings unless they have walked in my shoes.

Some people couldn't even think of how I have managed to live in a foreign country with such a different lifestyle.

I too sometimes find hard to take in of how much I had to tolerate to get my steps going forward.

Sometimes certain issues do remain shallow and repulsive. I try to focus on my priorities.

Some special person part of your life can be living far away but if that person is not in your heart, you won't miss them as you would the one who is in your heart.

You can't change what is in the heart.

Not everybody would see life the way you do, or understand life like you do.

It is amazing how most young people see life in comparison with most of the older generation.

Seeing life in your own way only opens the eyes of others to another chapter.

Learning is an important part of any person's life.

It takes motivation and an interesting mind to move on from all hard times.

You can never know what learning holds for you unless you try to learn something new and appreciate it.

You can be far away from home but your true character will always keep you close to home. I think that about myself too.

It can be difficult to live in the present, and living in the past is not what you should be thinking of.

Live in the moment for all times.

I have accomplished what I wanted on a different level, and my mind is open to all new tricks.

I like to be far away from those who don't have anything good to talk about.

It is however sad to be with such people it makes me feel unhappy. I avoid those who fail to help themselves.

When there is darkness look out for that light. The light may seem far from your reach but that light will show for you in due time.

Relationships between any two people are important.

People have different views and the way you see life may not be like the person next door. I felt sad when I had to leave my home but feel good now about the way I have progressed.

You can still manage to find good qualities in each other irrespective of your differences you share together.

What is a good life?

If you choose to have a good life you will certainly have that life.

Be happy and healthy to achieve a good life.

I enjoy writing and that makes my life a better one each time I share my emotions with my readers.

Writing for me is about a path to understanding oneself.

When writing about your far away life you tend to grasp more of that old life into your new life.

You also see life from within and realize what matters most to you.

The need to have real moments of self-reflection and of a single mind is to be focused on the balanced moments of real living.

The problem in many lives is letting go of the bad stuff.

You got to let that go. If you keep on dwelling down about that negative emotions getting up will be your hardest.

Get away from what makes you feel miserable.

Leave without regret and have a clear mind of your views.

Events occur and pass by like time goes by.

You won't see it all right away.

Be patient and persevere and allow yourself to see where your next step will take you.

Do your best and avoid the pressure in planning.

Be motivated by greater actions.

You can't escape fear or other confrontations.

I tried hard to make my life a much easier one even through bad times. I did manage to get my act together.

Life without your loved ones can feel empty at times but, deep inside I know that someone is there for me no matter what goes on.

I feel free and happy in another part of the world. Far from my place of birth and with the freedom I have at my side,

I can go to great lengths to make my plans follow through and smile to make each day my best day.

I don’t ignore what I know is good for me.

I allow myself to read and listen interestingly and with a full mind.

My focus is greatly on what makes me happy.

Life can be beautiful in any part of the world.

If you choose to go the positive way many issues can be solved without the feeling of a struggle.

Certain problems can flow smoothly if you let it be.

If you really want to reach a goal you got to work your hardest.

Be strong and up for challenge. A courageous person always finds a new challenge.

Ignore those you choose to put you down or those who look down on you.

Take criticism from others freely and don’t let that put you down. Believe in yourself to be that positive person.

When you think with a happy mind anything is possible.

Before you decide to get upset on hearing what others had gossiped about you think about how far you have come and what you have become.

The best is inside you.

The true people in your life believe in you and are there for you. Be confident and know your true self.

Do whatever you plan to waiting for better days are not the way to get on with life.

Without a goal you have no sense of direction.

Be you and proud of yourself.

Life can be simple if you make that way.

People make choices and sometimes the choices people make isn't what they really wanted.

Positive living

Have an open mind

How would you cope when living far away from home?

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Be Positive

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.

Helen Keller

© 2015 Devika Primić


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    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      pstraubie48 Thank you for stopping by once again. Have a good day.

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      DDE I read this before and am reading it again because I find new things to ponder as I do. Writing is a way to self-discover for sure. It becomes more and more a growing experience each time I sit down to share my thoughts and ideas.

      Well said.

      Angels are on the way to you ps

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      D.A.L. you are right! My experiences allowed me to get this far and through all other events. So glad to have read another encouraging comment from you. Thank you.

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      4 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hello Devika ,glad to see you back after your busy summer. Once again you compose an article full of helpful and interesting information which many of your readers will appreciate. I find your outlook on life enhanced by all your experiences, uplifting. Another enjoyable read.

    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      pstraubie48 thank you. I learned the hard way and so kind of you to stop I appreciate the vote up.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Vellur thank you kindly for stopping by I appreciate all comments.

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      Patricia Scott 

      4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Your idea of letting go and becoming our true self is so important. How sad it is that some never learn to do that.

      Life gives us so many opportunities and if we are true to ourselves we will find them.

      Well said....voted up +++

      Sending you many Angels this morning ps

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      Wisdom in your words, great write. Being positive we can stay anywhere and do anything that we want to do.

    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      moonlake Thank you for the vote up I appreciate it.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Kim I enjoy reading your hubs and I appreciate you stopping by. Thank you.

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      4 years ago from America

      I have lived oceans away from my true home. I made the best of it. I'm still many miles from my true home but I won't be going back. Voted up on your hub.

    • ocfireflies profile image


      4 years ago from North Carolina


      Home has such meaning and I love your attitude regarding how one should deal with his/her home circumstances.

      Blessings No Matter Where You Hang Your Hat! Smiles.


    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Mel Carriere thank you and so true about making new relationships be happy and positive.

    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hello Shyron so true about Helen Keller the more I read about her I can only imagine her true strength and positive mind. Such a great individual indeed she was even through her inability of sight. Thank you very much for stopping by I appreciate the Thumb-up UABI and shared. Glad to be back here. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Mel Carriere 

      4 years ago from San Diego California

      Very beautiful words. The unfortunate, unwise thing that human beings do sometimes, and I am speaking for myself, is to disconnect ourselves from good people. Even when living far from home, we have to try to keep up relationships with those far away, and develop new meaningful ones in the new places we live. Great hub!

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Devika, this is beautiful and I enjoyed it very much.

      I am home. Not where I was born, Not where I grew up, Not where I got married and had my two sons. But I am home, as the cliché says: "Home is where the heart is" I am home. No it is not perfect, but this is home.

      I hope you can find peace where you live.

      I did not read Helen Keller's quote before reading it here. Can you imagine the brilliant person she would have been if she could see?

      Thumb-up, UABI and shared, Hope you find more time to write.

      I have missed you dear friend.

    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      ChitrangadaSharan it has been a while. Thank you for stopping by. I am trying to write in the time I have which is not much lately.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I know thank you very much for sharing that special memory.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Living far away from home can be challenging but one needs to be courageous with positive thoughts, as you have emphasized here.

      Nice hub and its great to see you publishing after a long gap.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      4 years ago

      Thanks DDE for confirmation. It was over half of century ago when I was celebrating my 17th birthday walking " po Lokrumu uživajući aromu rozmarina i levande." Some memories are too precious to let them go..

    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Cris Sp thank you kindly for sharing your mind here I appreciate your comments and so true.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thank you Michael-Milec thank you for stopping by. I appreciate the vote up and beautiful. It is a photo with a part of Dubrovnik and looking over to the Island of Lokrum.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Homeplace Series thank you for stopping by always appreciated

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      AliciaC thank you for that lovely comment

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      MsDora thank you for commenting. Have a lovely weekend!

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      4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I've been very far away from home for many many years now and where I am right now has become home since then. My heart is split from where I originally came from to where I live now but I am happy here and couldn't trade it for anything else. Could have been better though but hey, nothing is perfect, yet life is good!

      Your positivity and outlook in life and in writing rocks! Keep it up!

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      4 years ago

      Hello Devika. Such a strong feeling of home "far away" where we have seen first light of life and received strong foundation to be ourselves and "know myself." We made 'home" where we are, thousands of miles away from the birth place, just realizing how we are only guests on this short lived episode , before we move away into the arms of eternal Love, to meet those who went before us.

      As I understand from your amazing article, we became what we are because of that first home experience , never fading away.

      Voted up and beautiful.

      PS, One of the photo reminds me on section of Dubrovnik with Lokrum Island nearby - or is this other similar place..?!

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      William Leverne Smith 

      4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I left 'home' right out of high school and never lived closer than 50 miles again. Have lived all over the US of A, from coast to coast, and border to border. Home, to me, is where I am, at the time. Thanks for sharing these important thoughts for each of us to ponder! ;-)

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      There is some great advice in this hub. As I've said before, I admire the way in which you have adapted to life in a new country with a new language and culture.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      "I try to focus on my priorities." That positive attitude will enable someone to endure the discomfort of being far from home. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      ahorseback thank you kindly for commenting. Smiling and staying happy is so important through such times. I try my best to think of the good moments and live in the moment. I appreciate your comment.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      always exploring thank you for commenting and courage is rare.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      m abdullah javed thank you for sharing that so kind of you to stop by. Thank you.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Ann so nice of you to come by glad you shared your comment. Thank you

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi billybuc living far away from home is challenging and I have coped well through my positive thoughts. Thank you for stopping by.

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      4 years ago

      You have such a great outlook on life at all times , don't you ! Interesting thing about home , there is a saying here in America that "You can never go back home again " Meaning everything just changes too much , family , friends , the home town ...........But you have the right attitude about it - Be positive , make friends , meet new people , grow but do not stagnate ! And most of ALL , keep smiling ! ................Awesome advice and personal outlook !.....Ed

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I have lived close to my birthplace most of my life. The short times I was away were learning avenues. Surrounding one's self with positive people is the key to happiness. I admire your courage. Thank you for sharing.

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      muhammad abdullah javed 

      4 years ago

      Hi Devika the subject matter is close to my heart as I have spend most of the time staying away from home. "Off the home" feelings from both the ends have been accurately described. Thanks for the share. What I feel is... the period spent off the home is simply irreplaceable, it's God's sheer mercy that one lives with his loved ones.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Good advice as always, Devika. Sorry I haven't visited your hubs for ages; your positivity still shines through!

      Hope you're having a good week.


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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great thoughts. I'm thirty miles from where I grew up, but once lived 3000 miles from home...we do what we have to do. How we deal with the circumstances in part defines who we are.


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