It can be amusing how people respond when you tell them you’re moving to a third world country. Everyone will react differently depending on how they are associated with you.
Family, especially parents will appear in shock and then sad. And because of this initial reaction they may get negative about your move. They may try and talk you out of moving. It can be difficult to leave especially if you were close.
Adult children, if you live in the same city or at least close by, may feel as if you are abandoning them, even if they themselves are married and have their own families. Of course they would never admit such a thing. Why not invite them to Ecuador too! Happiest is the families who all stay connected physically and emotionally. You’d fit right in here in Ecuador.
Even if you have lived thousands of miles away for years from your parents or adult children and you tell them you’re moving to Ecuador, they will react shocked and sad. It’s because they are shocked and sad that you are moving away from the U.S! The connection was that you at least all lived in the same country. Remind your family that they will still get your emails and your phone calls. Also in some cases you may be geographically closer.
Friends will appear happy and excited for you but will feel left out and a bit jealous that you’re more adventurous than they are…LOL. Friends will be inquisitive because they too may want to do what you’re doing. As soon as they get a chance they’ll get on the computer and do their own research about living and retiring in Ecuador. heheheh
Parents and adult children will feel the saddest and the most apprehensive about your move. Lots of questions, worries and concerns will run through their head. There is a fear they may never see you again.
To help ease some of these concerns let your family know you are not leaving them behind but that you are moving on into a new chapter in your life. Let them know that they, if they so choose, can also make such a move to whatever city you have chosen in Ecuador, so you can all be together. If they don’t want to move to Ecuador, reassure them that you are going to visit them if and when money permits.
Here are our top 16 responses. If you have gotten a different response from your family or friends when you told them you were moving to Ecuador, let us know in the comments section…we’d love to hear about it.
- Ecuador? Is that in Central America?
- Why so far away, I may/will never see you again!
- Is it safe?
- You’re moving to a third world country?
- I just don’t understand why you have to leave the U.S.
- The U.S may be going through some rough times right now, but it’s the best country in the world.
- I thought you said you were moving to __________.
- What if you don’t like it there?
- What made you choose Ecuador?
- Oh wow! That’s neat…I’m happy for you.
- I wish I could go with you.
- Let’s connect on Face Book.
- I’m moving to San Francisco or ______________.
- You’re moving to Ecuador all by yourself?
- Ecuador? What’s over there?
- Why would you go to Ecuador, isn’t it like dirt roads with sheep and chickens running around loose over there?
The last one is pretty funny but someone really did say that to us, probably because this is what you see in movies often times. Well of course we had to tell him, “No, it’s not sheep and chickens running around loose, its goats, chickens and cows…and the roads are pretty good in Cuenca.