NOT Loving Everything About the Country You’re In

Can I spill some tea real quick? You don't have to love everything about a country to live there

I'm from the States. Everybody & their mama knows black people have a love hate relationship with the "land of the free". Problems and all people continue to stay even when they have the means to leave.

Living abroad means understanding and respecting other cultures, but that doesn't have to mean conforming. Take Korea for example. Here, wearing booty shorts is acceptable, but having your shoulders exposed is provactative and frowned upon. Does that mean I throw away all my tank tops? I think not. Being black in Korea means people are going to stare anyway so I might as well be comfortable.

Not wanting to conform to things you don't agree with is one thing, but being respectful should always come first. For example, while living in Senegal I visited a mosque. Although I'm not Muslim I still wore a long dress, removed my shoes & covered my head with a hijab. Nobody was forcing me to convert, but out of respect for the faith I followed protocol.

No matter where I am I'm going to be me. That means wearing oversized clothes, no bra (off the clock🙃) and being comfortable in my own skin. There's pros and cons of every country. Finding one where the pros outweigh the cons is a major key.

I'm joyriding in South Korea right now & loving it. I don't love EVERYTHING, but everything is a new experience 🙌🏾


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