Locating the Courage to Relocate

For most of us, to find the courage to relocate to a different, even a strange country, with a different culture, a different language, to be among people unlike ourselves, who think differently, to be far from those things familiar, we have to dig deep within ourselves.

Leaving the familiar, the normal, the usual, to strike out into that which is unfamiliar is not an undertaking usually done without serious thought, planning, preparation and courage. However, the good news is, most of us with an Anglo-Saxon heritage, that is, with a European genealogy, have a long history of doing just that, leaving our nations, our people, our culture, our familiarities and setting sail for strange and distant lands.

Both sets of my grandparents left their respective European homeland more than 100 years ago. I often wish my grandparents were alive today so I could ask them why it was they left their homeland and set off for the United States. My guess is they would say life in our homeland was bereft of opportunity. We felt that America was a place where we would be given a chance to make a better life for ourselves and our families. And they were right. For the most part, both sides of my family made the most of the opportunities America provided them.

But that was back in a different era. In my own lifetime, I’ve seen a continual erosion of opportunities and, more importantly, of the liberties needed to make the best of those opportunities within this very same America my grandparents came to so many years ago. It is an understatment, I know, to say the United States of 1900 is not the same United States of 2000. There came a point in time when I had to make a choice; am I going to stick it out in the country that my forebears thought all those years ago was the place to set their stake and mark their claim, but is now no longer that place of opportunity and liberty; or am I too, going to set out to new lands, new opportunities, new adventures, to make a better life for myself?

Many Americans are realizing that the United States has changed, drastically, for the worse, in their lifetimes. The economy has been destroyed, and is not coming back, despite the promises and rosy images painted by the bought and paid for political whores who occupy political office today. The opportunities are no longer as prevalent as they once were. Government, at all levels, have made the hurdles that need overcoming so high, so heinous, as to make a mockery of even trying. And, why succeed when your unwanted intrusive government partners siphon off – under penalty of imprisonment if you refuse - so much of your gains for basically doing nothing?

For those who have not lost the Anglo-Saxon spirit of adventure, not lost the courage to seek new adventures, new opportunities wherever they may be found, the good news is, there is an abundant supply of potential waiting for you in many locations in the world today. You simply need to locate that courage within yourself to relocate.

In my own case, when I decided to flee the US, back in early 1999, I called up the owner of the hotel that I had met while on previous travels to this particular island in the Caribbean and asked him if he needed someone like myself to manage his hotel. He did. I left immediately and along with managing the hotel and overseeing the re-building of a restaurant on the hotel’s pier that had been destroyed in a hurricane, I was able to enjoy life on what was, at that time, still a pristine island in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. I used to enjoy what is known there as “Mile Long Beach” for hours at a time undisturbed by others. Only my footprints were to be found in the wet sands along the beach. I will never forget those times that came my way because I found the courage to leave the familiar and embrace the unfamiliar.

Those types of experiences can still be had by those who can locate the courage that resides in most of us of European ancestry. We can, like the Spaniards of old, settle in locations like Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, the Philippines, and dozens of other locations, many of which are welcoming those Anglos who can contribute positively to their countries, to their economies, while making a better life for themselves. Many of these countries now offer what the United States use to offer: opportunity and the freedom pursue that opportunity. For those not looking for others to do for them, opportunity is all they need.

Yes, you will be taking a risk. You will be leaving your comfort zone. You will most likely need to learn another language, learn how to adopt new ways, new ways of thinking, new ways of doing things; adapt to different customs, to a different culture, to different people. But you won’t be the first, and I am quite certain, you won’t be the last. This relocating has all been done before. By people just like you.

Whenever I find myself doing something I have never done before, something that stretches my comfort zone, I find myself saying, “Others have done this before me. If they did it, I can do it. ”

It has been done before. By people just like you. You can do it. 


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