June 16, 2010, part 2
A message to all
I am not here because I couldn’t afford to live in the U.S. on Social Security. It would have been doable but a challenge. The fact I can live here on my retirement income at the same level as I was before was a factor. However, there is a lot more involved in my motivation to live as an expat.
You may not know this, but I’ve visited 17 countries, not a great many by some standards but probably 15 more than the average American. I’m fascinated by the different cultures and people. I’ve been to Thailand three times and I love the people and the culture. I would have retired there but it’s just too far away. Costa Rica sounded like a closer-to-home Thailand.
I’m only mentioning this because some people are asking what’s the difference between Quepos and some sleepy fishing village on the coast of Florida. There’s probably no difference -except the language and the culture, and the challenge.
I’ve spent more than 40 years answering to “the man.” I did what was needed to the best of my ability, and I was always Mr. Dependable. Maybe I’m due some latitude on my decisions. I’m amazed by the interest in my reports. I just don’t think of myself as someone people are interested in. I’m just passing through. If we make a good connection during my stay, so much the better.
What I’m doing now is not unique. Thousands, maybe millions, have preceded me. But from a percentile of the overall population, I am unique. My intent is not to be unique, however, but to create new challenges that will keep me interested in life. This is a 10-year challenge/adventure that should fuel my fires for some time. When/if it becomes a bore, I can always move on.
Bottom line: At worst, this is an extended vacation while I look for a job. At best, who knows? And, I can always catch a jet back to the good ol’ USA.