• 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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