I've been back in America for four months and it's been rough!
I was not prepared to move from China back to America.
America came straight at me like a bullet train. My mind, body and spirit were not prepared for all things that America threw their way. I wasn't prepared to eat American food, to drive my American car, to sit in my American cubicle, or to interact with my American peers.
Here are the top 10 physical and psychological effects of reverse culture shock.
Upon returning to America...
1. I got really sick.
I spent 18 glorious months living in a tropical climate. Palm trees and mango trees lined my block. In the summer, the temperature easily reached 110 degrees.
I moved back to New York during the coldest month of the year... Febrrrrrruary. My body when into hypothermia the minute I disembarked from the plane. I thought that I could tough it out, but my body just wasn't equipped. I was sick for the entire month of March! Oh, and because America hates to make healthcare easily accessible, my insurance didn't kick in until April. So I was sick, and unable to get medical care unless I paid out of pocket. Ughhhh.
2. My cat got really sick too!
Did you know that cats can get stressed out???
Like... how? All they do is sleep, eat and lick themselves all day.
But the move back to NYC was too much for my poor cat. The stress from the move gave him a UTI which caused him to pee anywhere besides his litterbox. He was peeing, vomitting and throwing up hairballs all over my damn house! Not Fun!
3. My stomach is f*cked
In China my diet consisted of vegetables and rice. I was well nourished, happy, skinny and glowing. I'd never eaten so many vegetables in my life. Eggplant, String Beans, Bamboo, Garlic, Onions, Mushrooms, Cauliflower... any vegetable imaginable was readily available for consumption. Did I mention that this was take-out. Yes, fast food in China is still REAL FOOD.
Eating in America goes something like this. "I think I'll a burger, or a sandwich, maybe something fried??? I really should just order the salad... but I'm going to get the burger... oh and don't forget the frie