This is a reminder to myself and other expats that we represent who we work for AND we represent where we’re From. People will already have you slotted into a stereotype, prove them wrong! ALWAYS respect the cultures and traditions of the country you’re in and the people around you.
San Sebastian de La Gomera is incredibly small (google says the population is over 8 thousand, well 7,900 of them must stay home all day long) So, if you’re like me…. when it comes to boys… or being drunk… or being drunk near boys... DON’T be a fool… You WILL see everyone the next day. It WILL be awkward. We all use the same cafes, the same SUMA supermarket… nothing like queuing up beside the mum of the guy you just fooled around with and probably still smell of.
Embarrassing moments can’t be helped but when you have to start walking the long way around or avoid certain bars or simply can’t leave your house due to the shame of it all.. it’s time to step back and remember where you are. Practice being sensible!
On another note, a little reminder to remember where you are here in this moment. Look how far you’ve come. Never belittle yourself. Never yell at yourself. There’s a child inside who’s just busy learning and growing. A lot of work has been put in to get to where you are today.
*This is part of my 2017 project to recall the lessons life throws at me so that 23 won’t just be another year like the others, but one of contemplation and growth. What have you learnt so far this year? Where are you right now? How does where you are effect your behavior? Please tell me your stories!