Why am I living in the USA? Well, there are 2 main reasons why I left my home in the North of England and made the big hop across the Atlantic:
- For love. I met my American wife online. We weren’t in a dating site, we just bumped into each other on the social networking site, MySpace (remember MySpace?). Although webcams and email are great, at some point one of you has got to make the leap, so that you can both live in the same country.
- For the adventure. My feelings about the USA are pretty mixed, I love some things and don’t like others, but despite, or maybe because of the ambivalence, I do find it a fascinating and exciting place. When my wife and I decided that we would be married, we had a choice of her (and her daughter) coming to England, or me going to the USA. We decided on the latter, mainly because I felt my life, although chugging along perfectly well, had sunk into a bit of a rut. I relished the idea of doing something completely different, even if that meant risks in terms getting work etc. (You only live once, right?)
Will my wife and I stay in the US forever? I don’t know. I do know that my wife would like to travel at some point. Having become a single parent relatively young, I think she feels that she has delayed a lot of things, so that she can bring up her daughter successfully, and at some point she would like to spread her wings and go other places.
I have no intention of living anywhere except the US for the foreseeable future. But now that I’ve made a big move once, the idea of doing it again at some point, no longer seems intimidating. If my wife had some pension money coming in and I could secure a relatively reliable source of income from internet, it might be tempting to live somewhere like Thailand for a while, where the cost of living is currently about 20% of what it is here in the US. (Okay, the Thailand idea is a bit of a pipe dream, but not an unfeasible one)
In the distant future, nobody knows how things are going to pan out, especially with the world economy being how it is. As things stand though, I don’t know if I would want to stay in the US when I was older. From what I’ve seen, old people can have a challenging time in the US, if they’re not wealthy. The draw of the UK with its National Health Service and social infrastructure might be too tempting, plus I think my wife would be interested to live in the UK at some point. But we’ll see. That’s a long time into the future.