Day 172 in Beijing: Social Media, Expatriates and Blogging.

I promised to finish the post from yesterday and I like to think I’m a man of my word.

So, here it is.

As an expatriate, I believe social media is a bit of a life saver for me.

I have Facebook, Twitter, WeChat and, obviously, this blog.

It is a way of connecting to the world for me.

Especially when overseas.

Before Jill came over we would skype every night.

It helped with the isolation and feeling of confusion while I was in a new place with only a few connections.

I also was able to connect with my friends using social media to feel more grounded and as if wasn’t just wading into these waters without support.

I think this has been a major help in my feeling more comfortable here and not having anxiety and worry about what may happen.

There is a way to contact people who care about me and want me to prosper even when I feel lonely.

That is a major benefit of social media:  I may be lonely, but I’m not alone.

This is something that I find useful when I’m feeling alone.

I repeat this and realize the world is open to me if I am open to it.

And, when I connect with people, I am open to it.

Keep on connecting.

Keep on being social.

To quote Will Ferrel, “Keep on truckin’.”



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