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A personal choice

11 November 2010, 07:05  - Mike
I am not prone to these sites but have been guided to them twice in the last few weeks by friends.

Emigration is a hugely personal choice for anyone considering it. It’s not for sissies, it’s tough and it takes balls to get through.

But like changing jobs a lot of people are tempted to send an e-mail to the “old firm” to see that it’s as crappy as they remember. It appears that they like to write about it in a similar fashion in forums such as this.

Memories fade and thank goodness the bad ones go first and the good ones linger. I had 40 fantastic years in SA and I am into the next fantastic 40 in Aus.

My lifestyle may be different but the quality of my life is better. I don't tolerate people who run SA down. There are still tons of good people there.

I chose to leave. I don't need to justify that to anyone and, likewise, I don't need to sell it to anyone. It’s purely and simply subjective.

Similarly if I choose to return, as unlikely as that seems today, it will be what suites my family and I and not what others regard as success or failure.

The reason we read News 24 - we still have extended family that we care about and when we talk to them we talk about family stuff but we want to know what is going on too.

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