The Expat Widow

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I’m presently
writing this missive on the UK’s Great Western Railway somewhere
between Bath and London’s Paddington station. I’m flying back to
Copenhagen in a bit to meet up with my business partner, but I wanted
to take a few minutes and tell you about an interesting woman that
I’ve met.

"Emma"
is a 70-year-old British widow who originally hails from Bath. Perhaps
it’s true what they say about Bath’s mineral-rich waters, because
Emma looks absolutely spectacular for her age, and her energy level
would make a 40-year-old envious.

For the last
several decades, though, Emma has been living an expat lifestyle
all over the world – in Dubai, Scotland, Switzerland, and now
finally in Malta.

Here’s what’s
most intriguing about her, though… she’s always worked. Even as
a 70-year-old widow in Malta, she still has a job. In her own words
Emma says, "I’m a war baby. My generation doesn’t think that
anyone owes us anything, doesn’t think that it’s other people’s
responsibility to take care of us."

I recognize
that a lot of people are scared to expatriate simply out of financial
anxiety; they don’t know how they could find a job, make money,
and pay the bills. Even with three children to take care of, though,
Emma never let that uncertainty stop her.

You see, Emma
always had supreme confidence in her own abilities to add value
everywhere she went; she’s hard working, intelligent, and resourceful,
and she knew that she would always be able to put those qualities
to work for someone everywhere she went.

She was right.
Even in male-dominant cultures like Dubai in the 1970s and 1980s,
Emma was able to find work and thrive. Moreover, she religiously
saved her wages, believing in the old adage "waste not, want
not."

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