I just found a terrific post by one of the bloggers I featured in my previous post. Michelle Garret, of Mid-Atlantic English wrote a piece for expatify.com which really nails the issue of what to do about opposition to your move abroad.
She outlines five types of opposition, then provides a well thought-out list of seven ways to deal with it. Rather than trying to write about it myself, I’m just going to send you directly to the article. Read it — you’ll be glad you did!
What to Do When Others Oppose Your Move Abroad
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Ellen Schultz says
After many negative comments, including being told I don’t love my country, a friend of mine counseled me to not discuss my desire to move abroad with anyone. It’s been a long haul for me and I used to tell people, including loved ones, but there has hardly been any positive feedback so I don’t tell anyone anymore.
Ellen, it’s a shame that you found such non-acceptance, but you’re certainly not alone in that. Where do you live now?
Very glad you have found my blog and Expatify article useful, thanks very much for the mentions. I enjoy being an expat, but I know it is tough for my family–especially as I am an only child of divorced parents. As they get older I become increasingly aware of an eventual need to be flexible with my plans: I dont know if I will ever return to the States (hope I do!), but I may need to spend extended periods there to be with my parents.
How exciting to consider becoming an expat in retirement! And how lucky for your child/children–they’ll have a cool place to visit. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and will bookmark you–Im sure there’s plenty of others who are in your situation who would be interested in this blog.
Thanks for the kind words, Michelle. Coming from an experienced expat, they mean a lot!