I started out thinking I was going to write a post about living your dream. I know that many of you think that I am living my dream, and I can see how it appears that way. But I'm not sure that is the correct definition for what I'm doing; I think it might better be described as "doing what feels right". And 'doing what feels right', for me, happens to look a lot like what other people dream about.
So what happens when people decide to 'live their dream' and move to Mexico? Why do some stay and happily call Mexico 'home', yet others decide it is not for them and leave? Is it a different set of circumstances? Or a different set of expectations? Maybe both?
There are many things about living here that make it endearing or more frustrating than you can imagine. It almost always makes for a good story.
Try to think what could be good and bad about each of the following as it relates to Isla:
- No chain stores such as Walmart
- Low property taxes
- No bridge to the mainland
- High-end rentals
- Have to take a ferry to eat at McDonalds
- Many people do not speak English
- More and more foreigners are moving here
- Bills must be paid on time or service is cut off
- Minimum daily wage is less than $5 US per day
- Readily available cable tv and high-speed internet
- We mostly cook with gas
- Golf carts are considered valid transportation
In a future blog I will tell you what I think could be considered good and bad about each of the above. Much is dependent on perspective, and that doesn't necessarily mean I would agree with the perspective - just that there are people out there who will see it one way or the other, if not both ways. What are your thoughts?