Hey Raam, that’s a precious feeling you have there! Hold tight onto it!

This post reminds me of returning to Finland fifteen years ago. I had lived in Africa since I was 6 (except visiting Finland during most summers) because of my parents’ work. I was young (just about to turn 15), so it was in some ways different, but that feeling of two completely different worlds that you mention was really strong…

Now, after all these years, I still find it hard to fit the two worlds in the same picture. It’s like when you are in Africa, you can’t even imagine what it’s like to live in a privileged place like the US or — in my case — Finland. And the worse part, when you come back, it won’t take long until you lose touch to that other world in turn. It’s just so different…

But at the same time, I believe it’s all right for you to enjoy some of the benefits in the western world as well! The privileges are no good if (like so many people) we don’t realize to enjoy them for what they are — luxury!