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Things I Learned in a Foreign Life

Updated on April 6, 2017

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I am learning daily and just loving my life.

I came to live in a foreign country and had no proper plan of what to do here.

My life changed and I accepted with relief and no denial.

I can't change the way I am and won't go to that extent.

I appreciate what I have my loving family and my good life.

What I learned in this life had taught me to be stronger and more positive.

I did not know and have learned as I passed each day.

I met many different people around the small community.

People know what they have been taught as I do.

One has to be born into a certain way of life to be able to grow and achieve as I have over the years living in Croatia.

I was not born into this life so did not feel the smooth going on.

I saw how people look at me with envy, jealousy maybe with hate too but also with love.

I feel for those who look at me with hate, envy or jealousy. I am not close with such people.

I have gained respect from many people around me. I am from a different culture and that makes me different and special in my own way.

I learned about the fake people, about their behaviors and of their culture.

The language is difficult.

I have noticed that I am more accepted than someone from the surrounding regions.

I understand that too.

The different culture has shown me many religious people and they enjoy mingling with their own kind.

I enjoyed experiencing a new culture when I had the opportunity.

It gave me a better understanding of my culture and of the Catholic religion.

I too like to be with my kind of people.

I have seen the differences in both cultures and know my way of life still stands out for me.

The habits, and lifestyles have taught me to be confident and I know more about another culture.

I grew in this way due to my great mind.

I like spontaneity!

I don't plan on how to spend a specific celebration.

I just go for it!

In that way I feel happier.

Most people use each other for something to benefit from the other and that too I have noticed.

It happens everywhere in the world but in a small community everything is right in front of you. It is not easily escaped.

I learned in Croatia from a new culture, to the behaviors of the local people, to making the home-made liqueurs, and to harvesting olives, walnuts and acorns. I enjoyed all of it.

Everything I tried and attempted for the first time had brought joy to my new life, and I did with great pleasure.

I had to learn something new!

Another interesting way of making smoked dried meat.

I like the idea but find the meat too salty so won't have that on my main menu, maybe a seldom snack.

I know with whom to be open-minded to and with, and with whom to be closed off from. It is not always easy to mingle with people with different mentalities.

Life is just that!

I learned from my past and present life.

Knowing a little is better than not knowing at all.

I grew and changed in my own way. I did not lack my learning abilities.

Some people look at me with such smiles and others are not sure of my personality.

I know the different language explains the different ways people think and do.

Translating the Croatian language to the English language sounds too direct.

Any expression from the Croatian language to the English language does not sound the same or polite. I think and speak in the English language as I have been taught to speak.

Life is never what you plan it to be.

I did not plan in my life time I would go that far away from home, and so I did.

I don't regret my move to Croatia. I now see my life from many avenues I know I would have not seen if I was still back home.

I took on many challenges and through all that time I stayed strong and positive.

It is easy to fall back and fail but I did not let all of that come in my path.

I have woken up fast and saw how some people can be so friendly but when they see me nicely dressed up and in conversations they turn away.

I acknowledged those who behaved in a jealous way and in a true way.

The little acts improved my thoughts and ideas of many situations.

Nothing can break me or hurt me.

I have come too far through my challenges to let anything crumble me.

I have always been positive about life nobody can take that away from me.

My outspoken ways have shown me that in my life.

My experiences in a foreign life which will always be foreign to me make me stand out through all of my differences.

I have heard insults and have met with people who I may never understand in all my stay in Croatia. It is those kinds of people I will always ignore.

I don't need them and will not lick up to those souls.

People can talk and imply whatever they want to me but when it comes to happy lives those people don't have it.

All they have is misery and disgust. Usually, it is the unhappy people who choose to be in that way.

People can be sarcastic and annoying and I have met them all.

Maybe I missed some types but I am better of not knowing of the missed ones.

I am happy and that matters most to me.

I don't hide my true feelings.

No person should hide their feelings.

Nobody can change me I like being who I am.

Everybody can't be me and that is how great I am for my life.

I laughed when I did not see the light and still laughed when I saw the light that brightened my side of life. In all those times I remained happy.

You can't have everything in life. Only what is meant to be.

· ''I believe that writing opens the mind to all kinds of experiences and when you believe you become hopeful in life.''

I live by my own beliefs and understanding.

What made me and brought me to another life I did not choose or plan had given greater opportunities.

The barrier was the Croatian language but I did not let that obstacle get in my way.

I started speaking the language to get on with my life.

The language was a problem as it did hold me back from proper communication for a long time. I now feel a lot better to be with some of the local people.

I may not be accepted by all the local people but I am not bothered with those little minds.

I live as I wish to.

I won't change to meet anyone's standards and I don't need to justify myself to anyone.

I am Indian and born in South Africa with three cultures in my one life all has shown me to enjoy my life even more.

I like to listen to my online radio station while writing. Music opens my heart to all feelings.

I am more alive with my foreign life. I call it my foreign life not my new life.

The little things I learned had me know other people and to have a much better understanding in their habits lifestyles. I sometimes fail to take in certain behaviors.

I don't think too much of someone who enjoys comparing themselves to me.

I am just that type of person.

In which category would you place me?

I would love to know!

All different characters are categorized.

I enjoy sharing my experiences with my readers.

My truth of Life

''I believe that writing opens the mind to all kinds of experiences and when you believe you become hopeful in life.''

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In which cateogry would you place DDE?

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    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      Another great hub by you Devika. So well written and presented. I vote up and share.

      Eddy.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thank you for the vote up. Eddy, so kind of you to stop by. I appreciate such kind words from you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      "People can be sarcastic and annoying and I have met them all." Your survived and are still cheerful and full of vitality. You're an inspiration.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very interesting and encouraging for all to read. Perhaps there are no foreign lands but only foreign people.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Your positive attitude is infectious and I love the lessons you teach us daily.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Moving to a new country with a different culture and language must be interesting but very difficult. Congratulations on dealing with the transition so well, Devika.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love to learn about different cultures, I think it brings us closer together. Thank's for sharing Devika...

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      I'm glad you're now enjoying your life in Croatia. It looks really beautiful there.

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      agusfanani 2 years ago from Indonesia

      It is interesting to read about your life in Croatia with its favorable and unfavorable sides. With various characters people around you, I salute your ability to adapt well.

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      Dilip Chandra 2 years ago from India

      Experiences my friend, they are all needed to improve ourselves. Good to know and thanks for sharing.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      MsDora thank you kindly. Your comments mean a lot to me I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Ericdierker thank you for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      billybuc thank you for a lovely comment

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      AliciaC I enjoy sharing my experiences in this way I feel much better especially emotionally thank you.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      always exploring thank you for stopping by at my hubs.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      ologsinquito thank you it is a lovely place getting used to a another life is not easy I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      agusfanani greatly mentioned thank you

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      dilipchandra12 thank you I enjoy sharing my experiences on HP

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I admire your tenacity and fortitude Devika. I don't know how I would adjust to learning to speak a foreign language let alone live in another country with totally different lifestyle to what I am accustomed.

      You seem to be adjusting really well. You can never please or be liked by everyone, no matter where you live...so don't let small minds worry you. Beautiful photos, it looks like a lovely area in which you live. Voted up.

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      I liked how you talked about meeting new people, learning, and growing. Overall a great read. Thank you.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Jodah greatly said and so true thank you for the vote up.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      torrilynn thank you for stopping by

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      Dave 2 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      hello Devika " I won't change to meet anyone's standards,and I don't need to justify myself to anyone", nor would I want you too, you are a unique person and this shows through your very interesting articles. which are always a pleasure to read. Voted up,interesting and useful.

      Ps, I voted your category as sanguine.

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      muhammad abdullah javed 2 years ago

      Hi Devika you appear very optimistic here. I admire the way you have faced many internal and external challenges and rose high and still going strong. The one who is aware of your life can enjoy your entire narration but for readers like me your practical views at some places appear to be philosophical ones. Thanks for the share I enjoyed reading, voted up interesting.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Great way to approach and live life. Positive and inspiring enjoyed reading.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hello D.A.L. You are such pleasant and true person in all your comments to my articles I so appreciate that from you. Thank you for all votes. A ll my best to you.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi m abdullah javed thank you very much for sharing your thoughtful comment here. I feel more encouraged by your great words.I appreciate the votes.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Vellur, So kind of you to come by here. My way sounds good for me. Thank you.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      It sounds like you have a great philosophy of life and you have the wisdom to adapt to all circumstances. Great hub!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Mel Carriere Kind of you to stop by here. I tried my best in a foreign country and have adapted to all sorts here it taught me to be that strong individual and my positive mind keeps me that way.

      Thank you very much.

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      Devika, when you speak your mind with such clarity, it goes to show that you are so well aware of yourself. You have such an outstanding quality of observing oneself and others minutely. I love reading your penetrating hubs. This hub is very exhaustive and speaks so much about your life abroad. Voted up.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Harishprasad, Thank you for the vote up and so true about my life and challenges.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      It is so true that life is never as you planned it. And, as you have learned, the goal of life is to just live it. And, I must say, you live it well. I enjoy reading about your life journey.

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      David Stone 2 years ago from New York City

      This sweet piece reads like a prose poem from start to finish. It really creates a feel of place and your relationship to it.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi MarleneB, So true live life and I am trying to do just that daily. My confident thoughts get me there. Thank you.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi David Stone1 I am glad to see a comment from someone new. Life is meant to be lived thank you for stopping by.

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      You have such an upbeat personality and approach to life, Devika. I enjoyed reading this because I try to approach life in the same manner. We just cannot hang around jealous people because they try to suck all the life out of us. Because you have been so successful in life, it bothers others. I know when I lived in Germany, my principal at the school I taught in told me he had never seen a teacher assimilate so well into the German culture. We have to do that and open ourselves and our minds to new ways of seeing and doing things. You have done that even though it is not easy when starting out in a new culture. This is an interesting and thought-provoking article that I enjoyed reading.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi suzettenaples, The different cultures from what I know of and of what I had come into had really showed me so much more. I know my life has changed and can only move on. I can't change the way people think and do I can only change the way I think and do. Thank you very much for sharing your experience here.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi DDE, I think thats the point really, we learn so much from different ways of life, learning to love some people, realising that others won't accept you whatever the reason, its a learning process, and you have done wonderfully!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Nell Rose Thank you for sharing your mind here I appreciate you stopping by.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Some folks find that their family back in the old country don't appreciate some of the new behaviors. I knew a Chinese woman whose family got angry at her for the American words that crept into her conversation.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      poetryman6969 thank kindly for stopping by I appreciate your comments.

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