For a long time I’ve been noticing an abundance of personality-type quizzes that tend to be based on this topic—What country should I live in? What European city do I belong in? etc. etc. And it seems to be a curious thing to me. How does the country you live in define you as a person? If you go to a country that is more in line with your personality, will you be happier?
The thought of this is exciting and scary at the same time. Imagine arriving in a new country and understanding and knowing immediately that this was the place for you. You belong here. You will find happiness because these are your people. On the other side of things, what if you don’t find your country? What if you go your whole existence living in Chile when you really were meant to be in Iceland? Does it really make a difference to your happiness?
Of course, I can relate to the concept that different countries (and areas within countries) have different moods. My experience with Korean culture is quite different from in Cambodia or Thailand. Even countries that are close to one another, like Australia and New Zealand, have very different moods. The mood is a reflection of the people, the lifestyle. Korea is more put together, where Thailand is more relaxed. This is not true of everyone, but I think there are certain things that can be generalized to some extent.
If you come from a big country, like I do, you’ll find yourself explaining from time to time about how the culture on one side of your country varies greatly from the other side. I am from the east coast, the North Atlantic, much closer to Europe than to the west coast of my own country. But I’m not talking necessarily about geography, or culture, but about mindset.
So, then begs the question: does it really make a difference? Maybe I would fit in better in Venezuela. Maybe I’d find my soul in Romania. But, should I really pack up and leave for that hope alone? How can you say that fitting in brings happiness? Aren’t we taught to be proud of our individual personalities? To parade our differences, don’t be afraid to be yourself. Maybe it’s not as easy as to fit in, but it’s much easier than trying to find where you might fit in slightly better, at least a little bit.
After all the rambling is said and done, who can deny the fun in this kind of quiz. The pride you get in saying you’d fit in much better in a cultural European capital, or in an adrenaline junky dreamland like New Zealand.
By the way, I did take this Buzzfeed quiz just as “research,” and found I’d actually fit in much better in Switzerland. And, actually the description is pretty true to my personality. I’m a bit disappointed that I won’t get to live out my life in a tropical climate, but I think I’ll be quite happy in Switzerland.
(Disclaimer: I’m not sure how scientific this quiz is, based on the fact that one of the deciding criteria is “Pick an animal in a sweater.”)