Use your head

go! Platteland - - LETTERS - Salome Starke, NEW HANOVER

We re­tired in New Hanover nine years ago after hav­ing vis­ited my brother-in-law reg­u­larly for the pre­vi­ous 30 years and get­ting to know many of his friends. Even though we had to make some ad­just­ments, we’ve never re­gret­ted our decision.

You have to use your head, not your heart, when you make the decision whether to move to the plat­te­land. Dream­ing is great, but the prac­ti­cal stuff is more im­por­tant. Make a list of do’s and don’ts, and where you’d be will­ing to com­pro­mise. Find out about the near­est hos­pi­tal, doc­tor, schools, churches, shops, sports fa­cil­i­ties, li­brary, re­tire­ment home and the ser­vice de­liv­ery. Talk to peo­ple in the town, not only to the real es­tate agents – it’s their job to paint an idyl­lic pic­ture!

When the decision – and the big move – is be­hind you, it’s time to adapt and ad­just. Your at­ti­tude to­wards your new home town and its peo­ple is enor­mously im­por­tant, and no one will wel­come you with open arms if you’re con­stantly talk­ing about how much you miss your old home and how much bet­ter it was. Be friendly, lend a hand, ask for ad­vice, join the town’s ac­tiv­i­ties, fundrais­ers and com­mu­nity projects… Only then will you have a bright fu­ture and re­alise your dreams.

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