So you’re thinking about moving back? You’re fairly certain this is what you want to do? Countless of Cameroonians (and Africans) are in the same boat as you and are thinking about leaving the life they have built abroad to somewhat start over again in their home country. This is an extremely personal decision and below are, in my opinion, 5 things you should consider before packing your bags up and moving back.
1. The reason. I know this may sound very basic but some don’t have a reason why they would like to go back. Family, job, good ol’ soya or the beautiful smile of your “boutiquier” are all valid reasons but please make sure they can sustain a life for you there. You went abroad for a reason. Also, make sure that what pulls you back home is strong enough to never make you regret your decision.
2. Timing. Are you ready? Is it feasible to move back when you decide to do it? Are your finances in order? Can family step-in and help if you need them? Is it hiring season? Is that uncle you were counting on still holding that high-profile job? Is that elite school you want to get into accepting applications? Those questions are a small sample of what should be going through your head when thinking about your timing.
3. A plan. Map out what you’re going to do as soon as you land. I’m aware that things don’t always go according to plans but it will be useful to have a blueprint of what you would like to get done. This will allow you to not waste time and be more proactive.
4. A network. Make sure the one you operate in, includes people who have moved back as they will be your most valuable resource and will help you ease into a life back home. Make sure the network is varied as to have diverse opinions, allowing you to consider all that is possible and all that needs to be done. These people will be honest with you because they live where you want to move to. They are aware of the situation on the ground and will most likely give you an honest assessment on whether or not your move is feasible…. and wise.
5. Strength. No, I’m not talking about the kind that can make you topple over a car with your bare hands. Mental strength. It’s an adjustment. Yes, you have lived here before and yes you can find your way around town pretty easily but you have also lived elsewhere. You’ve experienced respected traffic lights and polite waitresses (you know what I’m talking about). And whether you want to admit it to yourself or not, you have changed and you are not the person that left 10, 5, 3 or even 2 years ago. Keep that in mind. You will have to dig deep as not to be overwhelmed by this new life home.
There you have it, my 5 advice of some sort. I’m actually one of those people who don’t believe home is confined to the place you were born. Home truly is where the heart lies and that can be anywhere in the world. But if you do decide to go back to where you’re from, it will be a smoother transition if the decision is thought out and considered under multiple angles. So go ahead, pack those bags and head home whenever you’re ready, no rush…home will always be waiting.
What else would you have added to the list? Let me know in the comments below.