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If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

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Kim’s Answer

Hi Nicolas!

That's a very interesting question! I've actually been exploring where I'd like to live a few years from now. At first I looked into the idea of living abroad, however, I found that the areas I was considering are lacking when it comes to accessible accommodations for the physically disabled.

Then I started looking locally. My health prefers temperatures between 65 and 85 degrees, and outstanding medical facilities nearby. (Let me say I'm 60 years old, retired, single, with no family and few friends. . . I need to be able to make it on my own or have good supportive services for seniors and the disabled.) I also prefer someplace that is tax friendly to seniors, and not a super-expensive cost of living. I do not want to go to Florida because I want some diversity - I don't want to be surrounded by a bunch of old people like me! Coastal areas are out because I would have difficulty evacuating for hurricanes. I prefer someplace a little laid back, probably a small to mid-sized city, perhaps near a large city.

I've done all sorts of surveys and read all sorts of articles. At the moment, it appears I'm destined for northwest South Carolina. Of course, I've never been there, and I'm still researching. If I could have two homes, I'd have a summer home in upstate New York, and a winter home in the south. But, I think that amount of upkeep and travel would be difficult, so that's out of the question!
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Simeon’s Answer

I think I would live in the Northwest. I enjoy the culture, art, and local life of the Northwest USA/Vancouver. I don't mind the weather at all; there's a lot to see and do out there. Plus, there is so much nature to take in as well.
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Randie’s Answer

Hi Nicholas:

What an open ended question! Of course there’s no right or wrong answer but it’s exciting to explore the possibilities.

People move for different reasons but for me, it was about my career. I majored in journalism back in the 80s (yes, I’m old!) and couldn’t wait to get started as a newspaper reporter. I was living in Denver and couldn’t get a job because I didn’t have any real world experience.

So I started applying all over the country, even considered Guam! I ended up with a job in Greenville, Miss. and made the very difficult decision to move there. I packed all my stuff and left everyone I knew and loved. I was lonely at first but eventually made some good friends.
A couple of years later, I landed an even better job at the Arkansas Democrat. I was a full-fledged newspaper reporter and got to meet Bill Clinton!
But tragedy struck and I ended up moving back to Colorado for family reasons, although this time I was able to get a job.
I stayed in Colorado for a few years to be with my grandma - she raised me because my mom died when I was 9.
After my grandma passed, I
wanted to advance my career again. This time, though, I had my heart set on SoCal. I wanted to
be close to LA so I could write a screenplay, get it produced, star in it and live happily ever after!
Of course that never happened! But I did move to Ontario, CA and worked as a city editor for awhile.
As I matured into my 30s, my priorities shifted again and I had a family.
I stayed in CA though, and today I’m a single mom with a 20 year old daughter and 16 year old son. We live in Orange County, along the coast between LA and San Diego.
I’ve been in California 25 years and absolutely love it! It’s beautiful!

I may move again when I retire but haven’t decided yet.

Moving is always difficult but IMHO it’s worth it! You grow as an individual and learn so many of life’s lessons. And, if it doesn’t work out? That’s okay, you can always move back home or somewhere else.
My advice would be to move while you’re young and adventurous and not let all of the “what if’s” get in your way.
Good luck to you 😃
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