Emmie giving me love eyes. She loves her Mama!
I was thinking about how bitchy I have been since moving to Switzerland (in regard to my neighbors). I think that perhaps…no surely…I could have handled all the situations in a better manner.
However, I carried inside me all these stereotypes of what the Swiss were (from reading) and what the others weren’t (from what I thought they should be) and what I was (from my experiences in life – mostly the US).
I think most of the issues in an expat’s life steam from stereotypes. Not really the stereotypes of what others may or may not have of you or your nationality but YOUR stereotypes regarding your new country and the people that share it with you (nationals or other foreigners).
I would like to move beyond stereotypes. I want to see people for who they ARE. Not what I think they should be. I have always tried to do this but I am human. I often fail.
From now on, I will do my best not to fail.
Hello, my name is Tracy and I will try to see you as you are…You really are.
Not as the current stereotypes tell me to see you.
However, I make no promises.
Have a happy weekend no matter where you are from and where you have been…AND, where you need to go.
Life is a journey of learning.
Actually, I think that this could be applied to everyone whether or not you live in another country. Stereotypes are not limited to just those that live out of country. Stereotypes (sadly) are for everyone…Everywhere.
*I put up a picture of my cat because she loves me in spite of the fact that I am not covered in beautiful fur like her.