10 comments


  • Rob

    Lovely and inspiring as usual. Your ability to connect and share your experiences, both good and bad, showcases your strength as a human being.

    October 19, 2017
    • Lisa

      Thank you Rob. That helps 🙂

      October 19, 2017
  • Graham Tully

    As a British expat living in Denmark, who was privileged to meet you on my occasional forays into Sweden, I see you emerging from your (less positive) Scandinavian experience a stronger person. Although perhaps your “striving to make five years in Sweden count for something more than disappointment” is energy that would better serve you directed forward in your life, rather than looking back. If nothing else, Sweden can serve as a yardstick against which to measure your future successes. And you will make a success of things, of that I have no doubt. You and I just had a more roundabout – convoluted, even – way of going about it.

    October 19, 2017
    • Lisa

      Graham, I am so pleased to hear from you. Not just because of your lovely comment here but because it’s been awhile. Time for us to renew our correspondence, I think. Thank you for the very wise advice. You always were someone who could help me see both sides of a coin.

      October 19, 2017
  • Barbara Lund

    I love the Swedish country side. I miss “my mountain” so much. I do miss the one good friend I made and we still keep in touch. I brought home several Dalahest and display them in my home. Even though he was a huge disappointment, I Loved Sweden. He never helped me with the language, just complained that I wasn’t learning it fast enough and my accent was so bad he couldn’t understand me (said the Dane whose accent was worse than mine). In time I’m sure you will remember something that made you smile while you were there. What an amazing experience we both had to live in such a beautiful country for the time we had.

    October 19, 2017
    • Lisa

      Barbara, Thanks for stopping by and reading. I’m getting there … with the help of all my wonderful friends. <3

      October 20, 2017
  • Samara Johansson

    Lisa, you are so strong and so brave. I hope you will remember from Sweden all the immigrants who strove and continue to strive to be heard, valued, and “counted” and that you remember in your own example and theirs, that adversity and challenges make one stronger and more resilient. No place is perfect, certainly, but we have control over how we can eliminate the less-than-perfect from our own lives. So happy to hear you on the upswing! And so happy we “met” digitally while you were still here.

    October 20, 2017
    • Lisa

      Hi Samara, You know, I read your comment this morning and had to spend some time considering it. It seems that in my self-absorption over the last few months, I have neglected to remember the bigger picture of my experience. Thank you ten times for the reminder and for your (always) kind words.

      October 20, 2017
  • John Nihen

    I wasn’t aware of the circumstances of your return but I can strongly relate to a few themes you expressed. I too went through culture shock returning to Boston after living on the West Coast for 25 years. I also underwent a change in life-work philosophy leaving the sheltered mania of corporate life into the somewhat shaker world of being a photographer and writer. And finally, I had to walk away from a toxic relationship with my father and accept his illness as HIS problem.

    October 22, 2017
    • Lisa

      John, I understand. I remember when I was in college and a friend told me that it was chaos which he always looked forward to because that chaos meant things were changing and that growth was occurring.

      With regard to your father, the realization that his issues were not your issues was the beginning of the great awakening for you. It’s an incredibly sad and difficult time, but one which ultimately results in freedom.

      October 22, 2017

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