1. There’s never the perfect moment
Trust your gut. You have your own unique set of circumstances, desires, yearnings and dreams.
Remember, it’s okay not to be 100 percent sure that you’re making the right decision. There’s no crystal ball. No one really knows what’s around the next corner. The worst thing is to look back on a life not well-lived and have regrets.
2. Ignore the Naysayers
Make your decision based on you and your family’s needs. It’s your lives and your decision!
Many of the people who are so passionately negative about home are the same ones who miss it so much. They feed off the bad stuff and keep regurgitating it to justify their decision for staying away.
3. You’ll always have a love/hate relationship with South Africa
There are good bits and there are bad bits about living in South Africa.
The good bits are being close to friends and family, the amazing lifestyle, having a sense of belonging, leading a life of significance and enjoying an innovative career. The bad bits are the crime, infrastructure and political instability.
Good news is, the good bits outweigh the bad bits!
Life certainly won’t be boring or predictable but an exhilarating roller coaster ride filled with highs and lows – it comes with the territory of being South African. One minute everything is fine, the next, it seems like everything is crashing down, but we always come out better – this is what we have always lived with and what makes us stronger as a nation.
4. The best parents are happy parents
Many people stay away because they think it’s the best decision for their kids. But if you yourselves are miserable, that’s far worse for your kids. If you move back home to your own happy place, then you are giving your children a happy childhood.
And you are: having grannies and grandpas close by, running barefoot on the lawn, being able to afford housekeepers and babysitters (i.e. more date-nights), having a swimming pool to jump into, giving your kids a sense of their roots.
5. Don’t underestimate the ripple effect
Being part of a solution is an exhilarating feeling. At home you really can be a big fish in a small pond. You can embrace the challenges with innovative thinking. By simply returning home you are boosting the economy and creating jobs, positively impacting the lives of thousands of people.
Credit – sapeople