Someday…I'll stop blaming being an American in Britain

Posted on December 11, 2008 by peacefulyorkshire

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I was reading the popular blog  Zen Habits yesterday, and came across the provoking post, Someday Syndrome.  Oh readers, Oh readers, Oh dear,  It has got me thinking… do I suffer from “Someday Syndrome’ here in the UK… because I use the scapegoat that I am an American in Britain?

Someday Symptoms for me includes putting off certain things that I wouldn’t have put off  in America– because I still feel like an “outsider”  a lot of the time. I realise I do this because by being an “outsider” its easy to blame your foreign-status for not getting anything done. After all, living abroad is harder than living in your home country so I definitely procrastinate.

These are my top reoccurring “Someday Syndromes” as an American in Britain:

  • Someday I will start filing my American Abroad tax forms, probably when I want to move back.
  • I cant find a Bikram yoga class in Yorkshire so I cant do yoga as much now, but someday I will find a new yoga class to chill out in.
  • The weather is rainy/horrible so I can’t run or bike, and I have gained weight, but someday I will get used to the rain and will try again to get back in shape
  • I have some really horrible looking manky furniture in my flat, and it bothers me, but someday I will make a trip to IKEA to sort it out
  • Buying a flat would make me feel more settled here, and someday I’ll start saving.
  • I haven’t had a dental appointment in a while, and I know I should go to the dentist, someday I’ll find an NHS dentist

I have lived in Britain now almost 5 years and I still am “Somedaying” these issues!

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  2. pacificyorkshirebird December 17, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    I got an NHS dentist in my own postcode and Mr. Charismatic picked me up in his work car and drove me around on his lunch break – and we never did find the place for me to even have an introductory paperwork appointment. Two weeks ago I paid out of pocket to see my regular dentist in America. I put that off for 18 months!!

    Will keep my eye out for Bikram yoga.

  3. yankeebean December 13, 2008 at 10:54 am

    One of my friends had to recommended by ‘someone that knows someone’ after she got a job at a local PCT. That was the only way she could get a good dentist here… it’s insane…

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  5. Iota December 11, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    I thought NHS dentists were impossible to find, so even if you’d been looking for 5 years, you might not have found one. You’ve just saved yourself all that effort.

  6. notfromaroundhere December 11, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    I gave up on the weather and joined a gym this fall, I’m now just about back to the weight I was when I left the states over two years ago. Worth every penny, although it does prevent me from making great progress with the “saving for a flat” thing!

  7. Daniel December 11, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    I also read Leos Zen blog. As for waiting for a dentist, why don’t you try going abroad though for low cots dental treatment instead of having it done in the UK on the NHS. I’ve heard its a similar problem in the US…

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