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Change is inevitable. Change is constant.
British Statesman, Benjamin Disraeli

It was the fabulous David Bowie who sang, “Turn and face the change, ch-ch changes.” That about sums up life, everything changes and you have to either run away from the change or embrace it. Running away from change only delays the inevitable and makes the change even harder to deal with. At the very least, you have to make the best of it that you can. Life is change. The moment you are born there are two certainties at play, change and death and some say that death is just a change in your current status.

In the ten years I’ve lived in Cyprus I have seen more dramatic changes to my life than in the previous fifty plus years. From the financial crisis in 2008, to the financial banking meltdown in 2013 and illness that has caused a major shift in our lives. And now I see major changes on the horizon once more.

Some of the changes are due to age. My wife and I are both in our sixties and semi-retired verging on full retirement. Our two English Springer Spaniels, Harvey and Holly are getting old too and changes are coming to them with age and some ill health. But the next major change is that we are moving home.

In ten years on this Island in the Mediterranean we have lived in three very different houses in three different locations. These were changes brought about due to circumstances beyond our control. But we embraced the change and made our lives better for it. Our current home is between Larnaca and Limassol on the outskirts of a sleepy little village. It’s my step-daughter’s home that we rent. Change has come to her family too and they need to be moving back into their home and so we have to make a major change to our lives… well, not quite. Because as luck would have it, the bungalow next door to where we live has become available for rent and that’s where we’re moving to.

It’s still a bit of an upheaval but we can do it at a slower pace because we don’t move until December 1st and next door is actually empty, so we can just move over a matter of weeks instead of in a single day. It’s major change, but not as we know it. It’s a gradual change and in fact the location is only a matter of a few metres away.

Some of my readers may know that I like to potter around in my concrete garden and grow fruit. Next door will offer a little less in concrete space to grow, but more in actual garden with real soil. I’m even taking over some fruit trees, including a grapefruit tree. But I’m losing my rockery and my grape vines. More change.

Our original plan for the future was to buy an apartment to rent out and then move into in a few years time. That’s been put on hold due to a sale of property in England falling through, so again, a change in plan.

Change happens all around us, all the time. It’s how you deal with the major changes that define how you live your life.

Copyright Tom Kane © 2018

As a English expat author living in Cyprus, you may think my life revolves around cocktails by the pool. You would be wrong. In ten years on the island I’ve had my fair share of adventures and interesting experiences.

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