The Tape Measure Test
Chatting to a client recently we asked him what had prompted his decision to move to South East Asia. Often we hear a response about the cost of living etc…, but his answer was slightly different.
He was visiting the doctor, getting his annual check up, when he was told that whilst physically he was in good shape for his age, mentally he seemed a bit down beat.
The client shrugged his shoulders and merely stated that he just felt emotionally drained after working pretty much not stop for over 40 years.
After a pause, rather than simply send the client on his way, the Doctor then fumbled in his desk drawer and a moment later found a tape measure. He then explained “the average life expectancy of an Australian male is about 82 years”. And he stretched out the measure to 82 cms.
The Doctor then continued, “Ok, you’re 58, which is here on the tape measure” he indicated, the client nodded. “So on average, this is how much time you’ve got left”.
The space left on the tape measure looked disturbingly short, and the client said he felt like crap (but only for a moment) because after a pause, the Doctor then said “As you can see, life is short. So what are you waiting for. Go and do something with your life you’ve always wanted to do”.
Sitting in the Doctors office, the client then said the realisation hit him like a thunderbolt. “It really was a lightbulb moment”. Seeing his lifespan laid out so clearly, he knew that there would never be a better time to seize control of his life. And that is exactly what he did.
Whether you’re working full time, part time, or retired, there are endless opportunities for you to live out your dreams.
Whilst the focus of this website is all about enjoying the wonders of South East Asia, it could of course be anywhere in the World. And it really doesn’t matter how old you are, you can make more of your life, experience new cultures and cuisines, and meet people who will enrich and inspire you.
Without wanting to come over as all spiritual, this really is food for the soul, and its amazing how often our clients tell us that living in South East Asia has changed them as a person.
We know it’s a cliché, “but if there’s a will, there really is a way”. You don’t need to be wealthy to live (or retire) in South East Asia. The incredible improvements in telecommunications means that you can skpye or facetime loved ones whenever you want, so you never lose touch. The rise of low cost airlines (with a broad range of flight times and routes) means returning to Australia on short notice can be easily achieved. The quality of healthcare in the region is often as good as it is in Australia. And the list goes on.
Of course there are more complex issues to arrange, such as managing finances, visas etc… but with good advice and some planning, these hurdles can also be quickly set aside.
So what are you waiting for?
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