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Torn between two homes

I lived in America until I moved to China with my family in 2007. I loved it there, but I missed the U.S. a lot. When we moved back to the States, I thought I would be happy, but I miss China. I feel like no matter where I am, I will always miss the other place. I’m torn between the two places I love. What should I do?

 

Lots of girls are forced to give up one home for another, whether their parents have to move for work, family or just because. It doesn’t matter if your moving to the next town, across the country or even across the world—you’ll always miss the place you used to call home. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the time you spent there, however, and it certainly doesn’t mean you can’t return.

 

Enjoy the memories

 

Looking at photographs and other odds and ends that remind you of “home” might make ya sad, at first, but once you’re used to being in your new home and have created some good memories there, you’ll look back on your old life with a smile. Try putting together a photo album or scrapbook to keep your memories close by.

 

Take a trip

 

China is a ways away, and it’s certainly expensive to go there, but I’m sure you aren’t the only one in your fam who would like to return for a visit. Suggest a trip back during summer break to visit your old haunts, explore places you haven’t been yet and catch up with old friends.

 

Start planning the future

 

When you’re grown up and independent, you’ll have the opportunity to live wherever you like. Maybe you’ll choose to make a new home for yourself, or maybe you’d prefer to revisit the past. Consider attending college in China, even if it’s only for a semester or two abroad. You might also start thinking now about how the things you like to do could become a job in the future…a job that brings you home.
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by Brittany Taylor | 2/1/2016
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