My son Sebastian started his high school this fall in a brand new high school Byron Nelson in Trophy Club, Texas. Yesterday, I had to drive to the school to get him registered for driving lessons as he is turning 15 in October. I arrived early to the school and had 30 minutes to reflect on things, our lives here in Texas during the past 11+ years and how we have been integrated to this community. I have to say that I felt good about how my kids and wife (and me of course) have been integrated to the society, this place has been good for us, good for my business and I can not believe that even my company will turn 5 years soon.
However, there has been tradeoffs of this life. I have had to spend a lot of time on the road each year to support my family and for anybody living outside the “comfortable zone” in your native country, it is not as easy as one would expect. Cultural differences, issues when your parents age on the other side of the planet; grand kids not having a chance to visit with our parents; not having a chance to help parents when they need you and a million other things that we never thought of when emigrating. These are some of the topics that I will describe in more detail in my new upcoming book and it is fascinating to think about the things that we take for granted when we are younger. I have to say that I am blessed in many perspectives, and it is better to realize this and enjoy every day of life.