Living far away from family and friends means many different things, the least of which is home sickness. When I moved to the U.S., I anticipated the homesickness, what I didn't realize was how much is involved in that home sickness. Yes you miss your loved ones on a daily basis, but what you don't realize is the number of birthdays, anniversaries, births, weddings and events you're going to miss and just how depressing that can get. Me, I've missed about 2 major weddings, an engagement and 3 birthdays just in this past month alone. Combine that with the holiday season and it makes for one depressed Jellyfish. After all, there's only so many weddings you can attend at 8am over a bad FaceTime connection before you seriously consider throwing your tablet out the window.
Did you ever read one of those 'choose your own adventure' books as a kid? Well they are definitely a very accurate representation of life: life is full of choices and each choice you make means there's a path you have to leave unexplored. In the end all you can hope is that you make the right choices and don't end up in a shark pit by page 23.
So yes, for every choice you make, it means something else has been sacrificed. You make many sacrifices for a better life, and living far away from your loved ones is definitely one of those sacrifices. All you can hope for is that it's all worth it in the end. Here's to hoping a trip home is in my near future!