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When you enter a small get together and know almost no one, you are « the other. » When everyone is on the same page, and you’re behind, you’re « the other. » When everyone knows the lyrics and you don’t, you’re « the other. » And when you find yourself wandering in a country where everyone but you knows the language and the culture, you are, surely, « the other. » Only in this case, you can’t simply get to know the small party of mutual friends, or read ahead when you have a free minute, or memorize the lyrics. So, now what?
Now you wait. Wait and live and learn. You can’t possibly think you’ll fit in. You’re like an ice cube in a pot of boiling water: same substance but from different environments. Only humans aren’t as pure as water. We are more complex, and while the ice cube will become one with the boiling water…
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