Let me answer that one right away….No!
Anyone who has been married more than a month can very likely tell you – convincing your spouse, whether male or female and no matter how old or young, is pretty much impossible. I have found through many years of matrimonial experience that while it is possible to present a different point of view, or a different perspective, to actually confirm that the mind has been changed once and for all, well…sorry, but that’s darn near impossible. Changing one’s own mind from one viewpoint to another is a very personal decision, especially on such an important topic such as if you move to Panama.
An inquiry from a Best Places in the World to Retire reader
Here’s an email I received in the last few days:I just turned 60 and want to retire in Panama in the next 5 years. My wife is 50 and works in the medical profession in our home state. She doesn’t want to move and I’m not going to stay in the US. Can you convince her that she will a great life in Panama and not worry about being able to go back to the US to visit? Thank you Elizabeth, I hope that you can save a marriage….
And, here was my reply:How are you? Thank you for your email. While I appreciate your query, I want to make it very clear that I do not promote Panama. My writing and my two books (one is out, the second comes out in two weeks) talk about what life in Panama as an expat is really like. This includes what is great, what is bad, and what is ugly. Some call it the real picture. I can’t help you in convincing your wife, sorry. What I will do is suggest that the two of you purchase my books and read them. This will help both of you determine in Panama is right for the two of you – apart or together. Best of luck to you both.
The Gringo Guide to Panama does not promote Panama
Why do I say that? Here’s the definition of the word ‘promote’ according to Dictionary.com.To encourage the sales, acceptance, etc., of (a product), especially through advertising or other publicity.
What I do promote is the real story about life in Panama as an expat, based on my own experiences.
The second Gringo Guide to Panama: More to Go Before You Go – available in paperback in two weeks!
My first book – which you can see on the right side of your screen here (with a link to how to get it on Amazon) – has been out just over a year now. I’ll receive the proof copy of my second book from the printer in about a week. It will be live on Amazon before Christmas, hooray!
This second book is a companion piece to the first book covering topics like:
- Panama’s Recent Rankings: What do they mean to you?
- Living in Panama: interviews from a number of expats actually living here
- Moving to Panama: finding a mover, moving with a pet, finding a home, hiring a broker,etc.
- Local Resources that you don’t usually know until you physically get here
- Tropical Adjustments: what’s different about living in this climate?
- And more.
Panama is not for everyone…so how do you know if it’s for you?
Well, my books can be a start. Get them, read them, then re-read them. But at the end of the day, I can’t tell you if Panama is right for you. Only you can. And your success will be determined by how much you educate yourself (with my writing and with other resources) about the country before you arrive.
Of course, I wish you the very best in your journey.