It gave me pause. When she said it like that, so bluntly, but then I forgot until it came up again last week. The view being that if you chose to live an international life, something must have been wrong with the world you were from originally.
Yes, for some of us, that's probably undoubtedly true.
And yes, probably, some of us are freaks, criminals or people on the run.
some of us simply ran from the drudgery of an office life.
Some ran towards the drudgery of an office life.
Some ran away from low-paying jobs.
Some ran towards low-paying jobs.
Some ran away from hard familiar circumstances.
Some ran towards new lovers in new countries.
Some ran towards the risk of the new.
Away from safe nests and towards challenges and growth.
Some stayed at home to live life through their students' lives.
Some explored the world in order to attain a certain level of global understanding.
Some felt guilty and wanted to give something back, to pay for the sins of their ancestors.
Some felt disappointed and ran on home.
Some hate our profession and want to run....
We just want a life whole-lived.
Where do you fit in? Walking, jogging or doing a marathon?