Discomfort Shmomfort — Allegra Stein

CC licensed photo credit: flickr user left-hand

CC licensed photo credit: flickr user left-hand

Last week, I had just finished doing the dishes and clearing the kitchen from dinner. My husband, home from work, was relaxing and watching Planet Earth. Our house was quiet, dusk was falling, and it was a satisfying end to the day.

At that moment, I pulled out my iPhone and googled expat boredom.

(I guess that\’s what we call being honest.)

This post is a bit tricky to write, and I apologize in advance for any awkward phrasing or hippie-dippy \”accept yourself\” mantras. I rarely write about difficult times while I\’m in them; it\’s too hard to do, and too simple to fall into a cycle of down and out. I much prefer to write on hard times after the fact, when the lessons and reasons and meaning of the whole ordeal become clear.

Warning: I\’m still living in Japan, so said lessons are still, well, muddled.

This certainly doesn\’t mean that expat life is all hard stuff. There are parts of living abroad that are so good. The other night my husband and I went out to eat at our favorite hole-in-the-wall gyoza place. During dinner, he looked at me and said, \”This is exactly what I wanted to be able to do when we moved here: walk into a tiny restaurant that has only a Japanese menu and be able to figure it out and enjoy myself.\”

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Discomfort shmomfort — Allegra Stein.


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