16. Dezember 2018

I came from Colombia to Australia, because I felt like only that way I could find the best possible future. But in the end, life is the same here. ...

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Family is such an important thing for South American people. Still I plan to build a life here in Australia, far away from them. After more than a year away from my Colombian family, the thing that strikes me the most is how much I start to act like my parents. I remember how my dad always listened to the radio back home and now I find myself listening to the same radio shows that he used to. When I video call my parents, it scares me how old they look now and this upsets me, because I realise how much I miss out on their daily life. I’m not a part of it anymore.

I came from Colombia to Australia because I felt like only that way I could find the best possible future, but in the end, life is the same here. I’ll be working the whole time, no matter where. The yearning to be back home is the hardest part of being an immigrant. There's nothing better than home. Here in Perth, people seem to be so much more comfortable with loneliness and more focused on their individual success. That’s why my feelings are in the constant conflict between being happy about the opportunity to study here and the feelings of homesickness.