There is a romanticized ideal of life abroad. It’s one where every day is full of new friends, carefree afternoons and spontaneous weekend trips. Life abroad seems like constant a fairy-tale land where expats clink glasses in honor of avoiding ‘the real world’ while basking in their new-found utopia. While this does happen, it isn’t always like this.
It’s great that you’re living your dream and are choosing the life (you think) you want, but really, you’re not making anyone happy but yourself. If you’re blessed with amazing family and friends, they will do anything to hide their true feelings from you.
For some of us the dream of moving abroad is to go somewhere more low-key and relaxing. For others it’s somewhere more exciting, a big glamorous city. No matter how you try to sugarcoat it, moving abroad is essentially a selfish choice.
Problems can still find you no matter where you go. Struggles, issues and insecurities don’t cease to exist just because you’ve moved to another country. The trials and tribulations of growing up don’t get easier just because you aren’t at home. Depression is a daily and ongoing endeavor that should never be taken lightly. It should be worked on and protected, by fire, every day. There are people who have it way worse. We need to be grateful, always.
Depression steals energy, hope, and motivation and makes it difficult to get what you need to do to feel better. But although overcoming depression is neither easy nor fast done, it is far from impossible. Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide and is a non-discriminatory mental disorder. No matter wherever you are It can affect people of all ages and all countries.