How to cope with home sickness (7 months on)

Hi guys, I hope your all well and feeling better than I am,
I’ve been feeling seriously home sick (missing friends and family) this week, it feels like I’m getting a sore throat and like nothing is working out for me. I just feel lost!

It’s been 7 months since I’ve been in Ghana and I don’t feel like I’m fully settled. I’ve had so many people asking me if I’ve fully settled in but I don’t feel like I am.
I should explain my living situation…I have been staying with my deceased cousins wife and kids where I have my own room, however she goes out to work early in the morning and returns late in the evening so the house is empty a lot, also when I offer her money for upkeep she refuses it so I do feel like a burden sometimes, so I split my time between there and my aunt and uncles hotel where I stay more often as there’s food on tap and it’s more lively but there is a lack of privacy as I share a room. I must admit splitting my belongings into two is very annoying but I feel like I have to for the sake of my sanity.
The plan was actually never meant to be this way as I was supposed to do a flat share with a friend that already lived in Ghana but due to the depreciating cedi she was unable to change the money for things she had to pay for back in the UK so she had to go back to London, with the plan to come back in August, but this didn’t happen (things hardly ever go to plan do they?)

So I only had intentions of staying with relatives for 4 months after getting here as I planned to be on my feet by then. As I do think its important to stand on your own feet and create a life for yourself, not always relying and depending on others because if they withdraw it you will be stuck, which has happened to me before in Ghana.

This whole journey so far has been an emotional roller coaster, my lowest point was through my car issues, which I got through and things got better, now I feel like everything is at a stand still…
-The excavator machine for my project is still not working so not progressing…

-I fixed my cars bearing hubs on Monday, but today when driving they were giving me problems again so that’s another problem…

-I left the stuff that I am supposed to be selling in the UK as I thought my mum would send my shipping right after I left but due to unforeseen circumstances the shipping had still not been sent to me. My mum said she sent it today but I still have to wait up to 6 weeks for it…

-I have been looking here and there for work to tie me over until January but to no avail, however I do not see this as too bad because I really want to do my own business so I guess God also wants this for me…

-I am working on securing a store and accommodation but they are both not available yet, so I’m just waiting…

So as you can imagine, I feel like everything is just in a bit of a mess at the moment. When I speak to friends they are like just come home, you shouldn’t have to go through this as back in the UK I had a good job, my own home and a reliable car so even I wonder some days why would I go from that to starting from scratch here in Ghana, but I don’t know what it is, I feel like it will take time but everything will slot into place…I guess that’s what faith is. I know if I go back I will surely feel like this…

Never quitSo I am going to try not to be so hard on myself.

I did however go to the Tigo Music Unplugged #mykindofmusic concert last night which cheered me up a bit. Guru, 4×4, Mz Vee, Shatta wale, Davido and Sarkodie performed. Watch out for my review post next…

Thought of the Day: To be honest this is Ghana all over ‘Slow but Sure’. Things take so long to pick up but in time they always work out, so I’m just praying and keeping the faith that everything will soon slot into place.

4 Comments on How to cope with home sickness (7 months on)

    • Awwwww Thank you so much for your kind words, much appreciated. You know when you have those weeks where your just tired of fighting? Well I had one of those lol, however I am feeling more positive this week! Thanks ❤️

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