Here is a little plea from me to my expat buddies wherever they may be. If I don’t personally know you and you have something to say, please feel free to contribute also.
My last subject in my writing course is research and I would like to do my assignment on ‘The Trailing Spouse’s Place in the World.” Now obviously I have my own thoughts and ideas on this topic but was hoping that I could get some feedback from others I have met on my travels (I almost wrote challenges, a bit of a slip). I am thinking that I will put up thoughts or quotes I come across and if you have something to say whether in agreement, in detail or contradiction, pls add to the post or message me privately. Any help would be much appreciated. 🙂
I am hoping that I will eventually write a short fictional piece but not sure how this will play out as the word limit is very short (2000). My point in mentioning this is that you won’t be quoted verbatim. The idea is that I am gathering information and then portraying it in a way that is new. Fingers crossed and much prayer that I succeed.
My first quote is by Yvonne McNulty (who wrote a research paper on the Trailing Spouse, http://www.thetrailingspouse.com). She is quoted in an article in the Financial Times, “I don’t know a single expat who didn’t say they weren’t challenged to rethink who they were, what they stood for.” This is really the essense of my original (as in first for me) idea so please share any thoughts on how moving to a new country impacted your sense of self.