I am Homesick And Hopeless

What Is Homesick?

Homesick is when you feel distressed because you are away from home.

I have been away from my home, my family and my country for more than 10 years.

Do you have this feeling, when you miss something about your home every day?

I miss having meals with my family. I miss chatting with my parents and hear their stories when they were young. I miss my nephews and nieces laughter.

I felt that I will be stuck outside my country forever but in this post, you will discover how I am going to overcome my problem and how I want to help you as well.

I know how difficult it is to be in a country that is not yours, to live away from your family and friends.

I feel your pain.

Homesick Symptoms

If you feel one of the following symptoms when you are away from home, it might be an indicator of homesick.

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty in focusing on subjects unrelated to the home.

I am having these symptoms almost daily and I feel that I am in a nightmare!

I wake up at night and I feel so lonely and trapped…

Why should we live away from our families and parents for years and even decades?

Why are we obliged to travel for work? Don’t we have an alternative to traditional jobs?

Isn’t there any kind of work that can give us more time, financial and geographical freedom?

I Was Hopeless

I really was hopeless. I was waking up every day and saying to myself, am I going to live this lifestyle for the next 20, 30, 40 years or maybe for the rest of my life?

Then I asked myself, why am I away from my family for so long?

The obvious answers are: to work, to make a living, to have a decent life.

The traditional job is preventing me from living with my family, not allowing me to visit them more than 1 time per year or 2 if I am lucky!

Now you might be in the same situation and you feel that you are trapped as well.

No worries, just keep reading, I am sharing with you my personal story and I hope it will give you some insights.

Homesick Cures

You might be asking yourself if there are any homesick solutions.

I want to share with you my personal experience.

What are the solutions that you think about normally?

You might be asking yourself “How to deal with homesickness” or “how to overcome the homesickness issue”.

There are a few things that can help you stay the course:

  • Speak with your family more often
  • Speak with your old friends and stay in touch with them
  • You can share photos and videos with family and friends
  • You can send them postal letters if you want to be original and if you like writing
  • You can try to be with them more often

These are a few things that can reduce pain.

For me, the real cure is to be physically with them and to be able to hug them and share with them unforgettable moments.

In fact, I want to be with them more often but my traditional job is not helping.

Either because I don’t have enough money or because it’s so complicated to arrange vacations with colleagues or for any other reason that the boss creates…

The Traditional Job Isn’t Helping

For me, the traditional job is not helping us. Why? Because I should be in the office every day from 9 to 5…

So I am limited geographically.

The jobs don’t allow us to be with our family when we want.

And the question is, are we obliged to live like this? Why can’t we work, when we want, how we want and from wherever we want?

I can’t tell you how many marriages and new births I have missed. How many important moments passed by me. These moments might come only once per lifetime.

My lovely aunt passed away and I wasn’t there to kiss her goodbye…

These events got me to think outside the box. I started asking myself:

How can I work and be closer to my family and friends?
How can I work on my own terms?
What are the alternatives to the traditional job in today’s digital world?

Thank you for reading,

I truly wish you all the very best,

Elie Abboud

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