When I told people in 2008 that I was moving to Kenya, the common response was, "Do it while you're young. Before you're married with kids." I was 30 years old at the time and didn't really understand that thinking. I tried to explain that most of the people I would be working with at an international school in Nairobi had families. Age wasn't a factor. But many American friends didn't understand that idea.
I recently read this article that might help those same people understand a little of why people choose a life abroad. Even with kids. This is an interview with a CEO of Vodaphone about his family's decision to move abroad. You can see the whole article here: Moving Abroad Helped Create Close-Knit Family.
My time abroad has held a lot of surprises and experiences that I am very grateful for. Just like this man stated, I think I've developed a lot more than I would have living back home. My perspective of myself and the world has evolved from experiences like living next to a Nairobi slum, loving on kids with HIV, and hearing a Hungarian friend talk about life during communism. I am better because of my choices to live overseas. This is why people choose this life. Whether they're 20 or 80.
And it's a really GREAT adventure!