Being back home was very strange at first. The most obvious thing I noticed was just how pervasive consumerism is in the USA. There are so many stores, stocked with so many goods. No different from before I left, but it’s interesting to see it from a fresh perspecitve. In fact, I suggest it. You really learn a lot about your home country when you spend time elsewhere.
Even the grocery stores became overwhelming. I walked them in awe of all the choices….and aghast at the rows and rows of processed, pre-packaged food, with just a small percentage of fresh food. Just the opposite of what you see in most of the world. And as we all now know, processed food is so bad for our health! It’s worrisome. 🙁
It was also obvious just how busy everyone is, and I understand, I used to be one of these people. Most everyone works and they have so many lobligations on top of that, it’s as if you are only talking to a part of them when you have conversations. They just have so many things going on in their minds.
One more thing I noticed is that a lot of Americans seem to think they are better than everyone else. Not everyone, by any means, but it’s pretty pervasive and it seemed really apparent in some people. They seem to quickly want to rate and categorize you. Usually placing you below them for one reason or another, that’s important to them. Maybe I got lucky, but I didn’t see much of this in other cultures. And maybe I was too busy to notice it before…
Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying the USA is bad. It’s a great country and I’m very glad I live there. I have a lot of opportunities that others do not. It really is the land of opportunity. And thre are tons of positive things! Like freedom of speech, being able to make our own choices and people actually drive semi-sanely (as much as we complain about other drivers). We just also have our challenges and issues and I wanted to mention some of our challenges that I saw from a new perspective.