… and about work and age, too.
I am Swiss.
I live in the USA.
I am 57 years old; my son is 13.
When I left Switzerland 19 years ago, it was a great adventure. I left with two suitcases and a tourist visa. My odyssey took me to Mexico, Canada, and ultimately to the USA, where I am now a legal resident.
In the last few years, I’ve often thought of going back to Switzerland; of showing my country to my son. It is his country as well, of course; he has dual citizenship.
A few weeks ago…
it hit me…
Hit me hard:
I might never again be able to actually
go back and
live in Switzerland.
(Visit, yes; but not live…)
The thought of
is just totally awful…!
… especially for someone like me who likes to have open doors to everywhere in the world, who doesn’t like to be stuck in just one place/country forever (no matter how big and nice the country) and who always prefers
any given day.
Indeed, if we don’t leave the USA now, I will be too old to find a job in Switzerland. Like everywhere else, they don’t like to hire people who are over 60. Once retired – after 65 – I won’t have enough money to survive in Switzerland since I used up what they call here the 401k in order to finance my emigration to the New World.
If we go to Switzerland now, I won’t be able to return to the USA, not for living here. A greencard is only good for trips abroad of 6 months or less, beyond that, I’d lose it.
And there goes the dream of returning to the old country…
It makes me sad,
that I’m stuck
in that “NEVER” loop….