August 10, 2013 at 9:58pm
“How could you have possibly moved to Ecuador without ever visiting?”
We get that question fairly frequently and while I certainly wouldn’t suggest that everyone follow our lead, I also don’t think it is the most challenging thing one can do. As a former military guy, I was accustomed to being told where I was going to live. I learned early on to bloom where I was planted. Also, when I was a kid, our horribly dysfunctional family moved from place to place way too often. I lost track of the numbers of schools I attended but think I went to 6 high schools.
Starting over was something I learned to do and I learned it well. I recently suggested to someone that with the resources available through the Internet these days, making the decision to move to a different continent, a different culture isn’t like throwing a dart in a dark room hoping to hit the bull’s eye. One can learn almost every fact about your new home from the Internet and can connect with others already there.
I am also very fortunate to have an amazing wife whose world view is open and accepting. Diane welcomes every day as if it was a special gift and she extracts joy from every moment. I’ve not heard her complain about anything significant since we arrived in Ecuador more than a year ago.
No, not everyone should make an International move without visiting your prospective home first. But there are those of us whose roots can be easily transplanted and whose experiences permit a certain adaptability not present in all of us. I suspect the vast majority of folks will most certainly want to explore a prospective new home before making the move. For Diane and me and a handful of others, no need. We will bloom wherever we are planted and if we don’t like the taste of a place, we can always spit it out and take a bite of another place.
After all, nothing in this life is permanent and there are a whole lot of things to taste on life’s buffet.