Letter From California

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
— Mark Twain

Many of us surmise what it would be like to emigrate in later life.  Will the dream dispel those mid or rather later life blues in the way that we would wish?  For the majority of people it remains just that…a dream; for others, living in a new country can be seriously reinvigorating.  The key to success is to have some sensibly practical goals for embarking on such an adventure and to be realistic about what it is you want to achieve.

Avalon Harbour, Catalina

In the current modern world it is easy to relocate and still remain both in touch and even still actively involved in the life you are planning to leave behind.  Many folk who embark on a move abroad have spent much of their lives travelling the world on business anyway so are well accustomed to moving around.  The advent of the internet age and cheap and ubiquitous travel dramatically reduce the physical and mental separation from a previous life.  One secret of success, I believe, is to embrace the change not as an intimidating plunge into the unknown or an escape from perceived shortcomings in previous circumstances but the opening of a new chapter in life and a broadening of life’s horizons.

 My wife and I were both lucky enough to have had immensely enjoyable and fulfilling lives in England.  We lived in beautiful parts of the country, we loved our involvement in many of those peculiarly British pastimes and sports, had enjoyable careers and travelled throughout Europe and the rest of the World, even living abroad for short spells.  We valued the companionship of really good friends and of course our family.  So why on earth move?

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Thursday, October 4th, 2012