“Remarkable Risk Takers, Achievers & Positive People.” It takes a certain amount of moxy to leave your home country and move to the Philippines. First of all, you have to be a risk taker. Not many people want to leave the confines of what is familiar to them. Not willing to leave family and friends. Nothing wrong with that, of course.
There are no exact figures on how many U.S. citizens live abroad. Wikipedia states that the U.S. State Department in 2016 estimated 9 million U.S. citizens were living abroad. Regardless of how many expatriates have moved overseas, it takes a true achiever with positive goals to tear up their roots and move to another country. I like this quote from Pastor Joel Osteen:
Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you live your life.
Consequently, while moving to another country, like the Philippines, has offered some unique challenges the past ten years, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. I’m grateful for the opportunity. Furthermore, don’t misunderstand me. I’ll always be an American first. I still love the USA. I always will.
Hence, while I’m certainly not as positive as I like to be, I’m thankful for what I have. A loving wife that has stood by me for over 19 years. Steadfast relatives in the Philippines who never let me down. Expat friends that put up with my abundance of spreading carabao crap. Eight canines that are a constant source of amusement.
Remarkable Risk Takers, Achievers & Positive People
If you’ve moved to the Philippines, I salute you. You demonstrate to me the desire for change. You’re a risk taker. You have courage. You’re an achiever. And if you remain positive and have an abundance of patience, you’ll be just fine in this pocket of “paradise” I now call home.