A few months ago my parents asked me if I wanted to go back to the US, I was hesitant and rejected the offer. But what if I accepted the offer and went to the US? Well that’s what I’ll write about today, as well as some other things.
Let’s start with why I didn’t go for it. Well, I guess it’s because I was (and still am) nervous of traveling (that’s what Air Crash Investigation does to you… Just kidding ) and I have never been away from my family. Oh and by the way, the reason why my parents wanted me to go was to visit (and take care) of my Granny, who was , at the time, sick (of course I wanted to help my Grandma, but I just didn’t feel like going there).
Now moving on to what if I went to the States.
My guess is that it would be very weird for me since I’m so used to it here, and even though I have been exposed to American culture, it’s still very different from actually going there and experiencing it there. I say this because I think my family has a hybrid culture, partly American, partly Filipino, for example, our family is usually on time and even early while most Filipinos have their own time. Another example is that our family is very close, opposed to how most Americans leave the house when they are 18 (I know I’m not yet 18, but my parents have said that if I want to stay, I can, and they prefer it that way). Another thing is all my friends are here, and since I’m not the most outgoing person in history, it might be difficult to make new friends, and my accent will make it even more difficult, so I’ll not only have to learn to use English as my main language, I’ll also have to change my accent since if I use my Philippine accent, no one will know what I say, at least that’s what my parents told me.
If I were to go, the reasons behind it would probably be because I want to see my Grandma (obviously). But there are other reasons, like being able to see America, maybe going to a concert (most concerts here are only in Manila or rarely in Cebu, but never anywhere near Mindanao, except for local famous bands) or just having fun. Obviously there are many things I can do there that I can’t do here, but there are also many things here that I can’t do there, so there’s a trade-off, and one of the biggest is family and friends, I won’t be able to see my family here for a while, and my friends too, so no band practice, hanging out, etc., which is a huge thing to take into account.
Will I go to the States sooner or later? Yes, maybe not that soon, but eventually I will. I will also have to face the challenges of adjusting there.