This is a very thought provoking video from Adrian Bautista about where we call home and growing up differently. If you haven't come across the term before, Third Culture Kids are those who come from one culture, live in another culture and develop a third culture. For example, I'm English, I grew up in Pakistan but the school that I went to was multicultural and had its own unique culture separate to the Pakistani culture. In addition, I married a Frenchman and gave birth to children in England, New Zealand and Australia. We have lived in NZ, Fiji and now Australia. We are a Third Culture Family and our kids are growing up that way too. Parts of our heart have been left in each country we have lived in and we all experience saudade for them.
In July, I'll be speaking to 35 or so teenagers and young adults on Identity so this is great material for me. How do you identify yourself? Is it linked to where you grow up or what you do? Where do you call home? What makes home? Is it the location of your family and friends? Where you've always lived? Your nationality? What makes up your identity? What do you do to treasure your identity? To defend it? To encourage it? What happens when the identity you've known is taken away? Have you experienced identity loss as an adult? Perhaps through a move or a major life event like getting married or having kids?