I’m really proud of us, proud of me! Only a few years ago, our life in the states was filled with enormous amounts of stress and uncertainty. A toxic combination of personal health issues and financial concerns within a failing economic environment had pushed us to the edge of our endurance…to the edge of a cliff.
Remember that scene from the movie, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”? Butch and Sundance had been chased right to the edge of a cliff. There was nowhere for them to run. A steep drop ended in the river far below as they leapt for their freedom…and survived!
That’s what Diane and I did. We leapt for our freedom…and survived!! We actually thrived!! Moving to Ecuador, a country we had never visited turned out to be a wonderful decision!!! For those considering a similar leap, Ecuador may indeed be your place to land. If not Ecuador, the planet is filled with many viable options to explore.
The opposite side of that coin is that not all will be able to make the adjustment to an expat lifestyle. So what? You won’t know until you try and the rewards could be amazing!!
We have recently spent time with friends here, saying our goodbyes. I have noticed that Diane is furiously taking photographs, wanting to capture images and memories. Just yesterday, we had an amazing lunch with friends who own a local resort. Diane wanted to see these people again AND she wanted to photograph their resident sloth. It was one of a number of recent emotional experiences. Saying goodbye is difficult.
We created a new life here from meager beginnings, nurturing each new experience and using them as building blocks to the next. Friendships were made…and lost. Not all are whom they seem to be and some are experts at deceit. We licked our wounds and forged ahead, eventually finding a few people whose values matched ours and whose lives were drama-free. (There does seem to be a fair amount of drama in the expat community) We have become a bit more cautious with forming friendships. It is interesting to note that the troublesome relationships were with expats who were here trying to earn a living from other expats. Morality and ethics seem to be rare commodities among a few gringo hustlers.
We have only enjoyed wonderful and honest relationships with the locals…not one problem!!
Although our move from Ecuador to Mexico is much less stressful than our previous move from the states to Ecuador, there are still many, many details to tend and we have been tending. The to-do list has shrunk considerably. I like that!
Our next chapter on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is about to begin. We are prepared and eager for the new experiences that wait. Ecuador was our expat launching pad. Were it not for the need to be closer to great quality medical care…at sea level…we would not leave. Late last night, Diane and I spent some time talking about our feelings about all this; leaving Ecuador and a new adventure in Mexico. We’re gonna’ be just fine!
I recently wrote a piece for International Living Magazine regarding the Paralysis of Analysis. The point of the piece was to avoid perpetual delays in the decision making process by not having all the answers before you leap. You cannot have ALL the answers until you experience whatever it is that you will experience. Feeling a bit of discomfort is normal in new situations.
Trust yourself. Do sufficient research but then…leap! Take the final step off the cliff. You’ll learn to fly on the way down!