Skip to comments.Living Outside of America (BARF ALERT)
Posted on 07/01/2012 5:17:33 PM PDT by van_erwin
I was born in Colorado in 1977 and lived there until I was 21. I went to a private Christian school from age 5-18 and then studied Computer Science at Colorado State University.
I graduated at the height of the .com Bubble in 2000 and couldve gotten a job at any tech company in the USA. I was offered ridiculous salaries with signing bonuses of luxury cars. Pretty tempting.
Something about it all seemed very predictable though. Go to College, get the job, go to work. I had lived in Colorado my entire life and even though I had tried very hard to be open minded, I knew my world view was somehow limited. I didnt know what I didnt know.
I didnt have a girlfriend or any major ties to Colorado so I decided to do something crazy and move to another country. I felt it would be too overwhelming to go to a new country by myself and also deal with a foreign language, so I narrowed it down to the UK, Australia or New Zealand. I saw the film Notting Hill, liked it, and picked London (not joking).
I used the BUNAC visa and had a recruiter land me a job as a web developer for a firm in Cambridge UK. I bought my ticket, said goodbye to my family (my Mom cried a lot) and hopped on the plane.
I knew exactly two people in the entire UK. I was completely taken out of my comfort zone and I was forced to question everything I believed. I was also forced to make an entirely new set of friends and contacts. It was the hardest and most lonely thing Ive ever done.
Im naturally shy so it was hard to make friends - especially as a foreigner. You may think the US and the UK are similar, but youd be very wrong. Theyre completely different culturally.
Ive now lived outside of the USA for 12 years (35% of my life) and its had a profound impact on me. Here are the big areas:
Living outside of America has fundamentally changed who I am. I feel I am much more well rounded and open-minded than I was before. However, I also feel Im more jaded and cynical. On balance though, Im very glad Ive had a chance to completely remove myself from my comfort zone and challenge everything I believe in.
Until you do this, you cant be sure what you believe is true or simply convenient.
>>Im naturally shy so it was hard to make friends <<
More like you are naturally stupid and people avoid you.
“I occasionally felt embarrassed of America.”
We elected Obama since you left. The rest of the world has respect for us now. You can be proud of us for the first time in your life.
Sure you were.
What a moonbat.
“...I was an All-American guy: Homecoming King, Varsity basketball player, Student Body President and an Eagle Scout.”
You forgot doctor, Superman, attorney, Batman, Studly-Dude-of-The-Year, Marksman-Sniper etc etc etc etc.
BS. You’re a loser. Don’t come back.
He was always shy, and found it hard to make friends. And yet, he was Homecoming King.
You know what? He’s a liar. He’s certainly liberal, and might be gay.
STAY THERE. Seriously.
His transformation to a total douche nozzle is complete.
I live and work in Australia. Aussies love Americans. No wurries here mate.
He became so "open-minded" that his brain fell out.
Hopefully he renounced his American citizenship and will remain somewhere else until the end of his days.
“You may think the US and the UK are similar”
Uh no. The USA is a free republic and the best country in the world. The UK is a repressive socialist chit hole filled with 7th century muslim refugees.
Just in case you are wondering we don’t miss you.
"I was an All-American guy: Homecoming King, Varsity basketball player, Student Body President and an Eagle Scout" BUT IN THE SAME BREATH "Im naturally shy so it was hard to make friends "
You are quite jaded and cynical. I wouldn’t embrace cynicism, long-term. It is a very impoverished worldview. “In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair, the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.” Dorothy Sayers
I have lived in other parts of the world and traveled extensively, too. America is the best country in the world. The people are fierce and God-fearing, we work hard, we are can-do, we don’t want the government to nanny us from one end to the other. I wouldn’t trade my country and my fellow citizens for any other place in the world.
I, too, was born in Colorado. I, too, came to question the Christian values I grew up with while at the University in Boulder. I, too, began to see the USA in an entirely new light while living for years in a foreign country. The difference was, I wore a uniform during those years. THe perspective I gained was that, while the USA is corrupt as can be it is FAR, FAR less corrupt than everyplace else. Here, the politicians have to at least make an effort to hide it. Elsewhere they don’t even bother. Learning this made me realize all the things I learned in the ‘50s and ‘60s about our founders and their vision of a country where a man is truly free to say “No King but Jesus” and not expect persecution made me realize that the reason life “works” for Christians is because it is true. He is risen!
I guess we’ll just have to muddle along without you, Ryan. Buh-bye!
You wished to so radically change what you'd been brought up that you chose the next most English-speaking country in the world...?
Fine country, but I'm not fooled about your wussiness.
What a Dork...an open minded, guilt ridden, cynical shy guy with grudge. But some how you forced yourself to fit in by accepting anyones opinion of the US and now has a world view living on and island the size of NY. I believe your homecomming King story about as much as I believe that a halfrican american that does drugs and has poor highschool grades is IVY league material. Stay there putz...
So folks held an unjust prejudice AGAINST America, so HE felt bad being an American? And he dumped Christianity because it made him feel bad that everyone was making fun of him, and he didn't know enough about his faith to defend it?
Sounds like the young man needs to grow a pair!
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