I Miss My Home
Having been married to a wonderful woman I met abroad for many years and knowing her friends from the Latino
community in the United States I have heard why Perú, Colombia, Costa Rica and Panama were better places to live than the United States.
Similarly, having lived in several countries outside the United States I have heard why other anglo expatriates thought Great Britain, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United States were better places to live than Chile, Brasil, Costa Rica or Panamá.
What the people are really saying is I miss my home.
Is There a Perfect Place to Live?
The short answer to this is no. Everywhere we have lived had many good things, some bad things and things that were just different from what we were accustomed to. The people mentioned above were concentrating on the things that were mostly different and to some extent the bad things about their current location.
We often forget the things about our previous home that were less than ideal and for those reasons when someone asks us if there is a perfect place to live the discussion begins with what makes a place perfect for you, and what makes a place intolerable.
Is Your Glass Half Empty or Half Full?
We have found every move we have made has lead to a period of adjustment, at first that was the adventure associated with discovery which shortly gave way to the anxiety associated with the unknown. It is important to consciously address whether your glass is half empty or half full.
If your glass is half empty you only have complaining to other expats about how much you miss home and how hard it is to live here. If your glass is half full a new life of friendships and adventures awaits ……. it is time to choose.
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