“A third culture kid is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside their parents’ culture. The third culture kid builds relationships to all the cultures, while not having full ownership in any.” (Ruth Van Reken)
This definition only begins to scratch the surface of a hugely complex identity. I am a Third Culture Person. I grew up moving from country to country with my family, never putting down roots. To this day, I don’t know where I belong. But that’s not a bad thing. It’s an unusual thing, but this is quickly changing. So many people, in some way or another, feel the same way. I’ve made it my mission to normalise this identity and make TCKs all over the world feel that they are not alone. If you’re a TCK, I’d love to hear from you. Drop me a line over on my Contact page and tell me your story.