Sunday, September 30, 2012

Achievement and success ……

You know; as I sit on our balcony on a Sunday morning, looking out across the town, coffee in hand and with the bells of the cathedral ringing I couldn’t be happier.  Moving over to France is most definitely one of the best things we have done.  The pace of life, the community spirit, yes of course the food and wine and even the idiosyncrasies and anomalies of French life have given us a new perspective. 

We feel a real sense of achievement because we are making a life for ourselves here.  We are working and making a living enjoying what we do.  We are meeting some great people, making good friends and helping many of them achieve their dream of a life in France too. I really hope that this is a permanent move and that we continue to and further enjoy our ‘dream’.

Many people move to France, buy property and immerse themselves into the French way of life.  They enjoy the benefits of a more relaxed lifestyle and relish the experiences that daily life here offers, not to mention that community spirit and the wine!  But many reach a natural conclusion to their French adventure and decide to return home. There must be many reasons for that decision, as many as the number of people making the decision I am sure and everyone will have their own story to tell.  I only hope that no-one either saying goodbye to them or seeing them return think that they have ‘failed’.

To my mind it is the people who have dreams and never try to achieve them that ‘fail’ – making something happen is the real achievement and even if that something is a new and different life for a few years before going home then what an achievement and what success.