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Why your friends will die sooner being a working expat in Thailand


Why your friends will die sooner being a working expat in Thailand

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This blog has been provided by Dan About Thailand BLOG for Inspire.

A few years back a friends father and I were enjoying a few beers back in the UK together, it was nearer the end of the evening and we were putting the world to rights with drunken conversation.

He then said something to me that stuck.

He said that when he was young he’d go to many friends birthday parties, then wedding parties and then celebrated his friends newborns with a party. You then had the 40th and 50th landmark birthday parties.

Then, as he got even older, he would have to attend the odd funeral, say for his grandparents or a friends parent, and then – as he continued to get older (he is around 65 years old) – he noticed some of the funerals were for his friends. His point was that it was a cruel world and at some point we all need to face our maker and it catches up on you very quickly.

Sadly, death comes to us all

Life does indeed move at pace. I am 43 years old and I have some grey hairs and I can see the odd wrinkle and I really wonder how did it all go so fast.

I have been living in Thailand for some 12 years now and of course, as the case world over, a few people I know here have sadly passed. As the years pass I notice it even more. When I scroll through my Facebook friend list I can see just how many have died. I lose count of people in Thailand I have known that have died.

Just the other week I was talking to a pub landlord in Pattaya who now wants to move back to Australia with his family, I am guessing he is about 55 years old. One of the reasons cited was that he was fed up with his friends all starting to die in Pattaya. The problem you see, and this is the premise for this blog, is that most of the expats here in Thailand have come to retire. So, it’s common sense that the older ones among us will be the first to go and there are more older guys here than younger ones.

I guess this blog addresses a subject most of us expats don’t want to read, but we cannot escape the fact that none of us get off this world alive. The point too is very valid – If you are a younger working expat in Thailand chances are you have friends whom are retired and much older than you. In fact, it will be far more than would have been the case if you still lived back in your domestic country.


This blog was written for inspire : Dan About Thailand

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