I started with The Illusive Home my attempt to explain what it means to be a Third Culture Kid. I tried, very hard, but as I progressed through the work I realized that as hard as I tried to explain what TCKs are, it’s simply one of those things in life that cannot be shared through simple direction. Being a TCK means so much more than words, it holds so much more weight than a metaphor, and it’s so much deeper than the definitions created by psychologists to describe it. It’s simply something you are, thanks to a lifetime of having culture after culture poured into your own and shaken all up until you’ve become something so supremely different that you can hardly recognize yourself.
So here I am, taking the next step. My name is James R. Mitchener, and this is one life of a Third Culture Kid.