Many young Filipinos grow up with the ambition to work abroad for some other reasons like money is better there, and the living conditions seem a lot more appealing. It is common to see people seduced by the financial stability that OFWs rake in, but is it really as glamorous as we think it is?
Here are four things they never tell you about becoming an OFW – at least not enough:
1.) It’s pretty lonely.
OFWs often find themselves excited for the adventure of their first experience working abroad. However, as the novelty wears off, you conclude that there is no comfort in trying to immerse yourself with people who cannot grasp the culture you carry within you. It is even more challenging when you work in a country that speaks an entirely different language. It is hard to blend in when they cannot understand you.
2.) All you do is work for money.
You work abroad. Often, this followed by the misconception that you make money more easily where you are. When an unexpected expense pops up, you are immediately the first candidate for a sponsor, more so if it happens to be an emergency. You are just more likely to have extra cash sitting in the bank.
3.) The pressure is endless.
We’ve established the fact that the OFW is often misconstrued as a real moneymaker. When you work abroad, you are identified as one of the main sources of income. Since they think the money is easier to come by where you are, the pressure weight heavier, knowing there are bigger expectations from you.
4.) There’s absolutely no place like home.
Sure, you will see places you never thought of, you will get the place where peace and quiet that you may wish your hometown had, you can eat authentic foreign cuisine that would usually cost hundreds of pesos a plate back home, but somehow, it just doesn’t feel complete.
You might miss seeing the busy city streets you know so well or hear the neighbors yelling outside to call out to their loitering children. You long for a good home-cooked meal and with your family. It starts to feel that all that there is for you is better to pay, and everything else is back home.
The life of an OFW is decked with the glitters of money, but somewhere down the road, you tend to miss everything about the Philippines and start to appreciate all the little things you took for granted back home.