Why am I here?
Posted by episode81 on September 29, 2009
Once people are done with telling me about their vacations in the UK and how cute my accent is, the inevitable next question is:
“Why did you move here?”.
My automatic answer is:
“Money, the weather and opportunity”.
Sometimes I vary the order depending on the preceding conversation, but in reality, there is no order. All three are of equal value.
Personally, I think the actual act of moving to the USA is the more interesting question. Six weeks after a trip to the US from the UK for interviews, the house was sold, I had a green card, the four cats were crated and in the hold of the plane and we were on the way. I am very decisive. And it was 1996, so things were much easier then.
Anywho, I digress …
The more thoughtful answer to the question of why did I move to the US? This is now my home.
I always thought that I would leave here to live in another country, before finally returning to the UK. About 5 years after I moved here, I was returning from a miserable European business trip when I realized that I was coming home … and I didn’t want to live in the UK again.
OK, so I love the money, weather and opportunity, but I also love the cosmopolitan atmosphere, the upbeat culture and yes, the can do American attitude.