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I enjoy writing articles for Live in the Philippines because I love living here and want to share my good fortune with everyone. I was lucky(?) enough to move here and change the way I lived while I was still young. I’ve been here seven years and will only be 50 this year. I am happy that I met my wife and she stuck with me through everything that has happened since I met her. It hasn’t always been easy.
One of my wife’s fondest wishes, along with many other Filipinos, is to live in the United States. She also wants our daughter, Zoey, to experience life there. I must admit that the idea of moving back there for a time is appealing to me. We’ve decided, that in the next year, we will move there. We don’t plan on staying permanently. We own a house here in the Philippines, and I would like to move back here and enjoy it.
After Leaving, Why Would I go Back?
I have no problems with America. I think it is a great place. It has been my home for 42 years of my life. I have family there. The reason I left was I need to change myself, and I needed to change what was comfortable for me to do it. I was in a serious rut, and it took drastic measures to get out of it. I feel like, for once in my life, I have clarity. My health, mental and physical, is better than it has ever been. I’ve experienced successes and know I am on the right path financially.
I am ready to face what I left back in the States those years ago.
Lessons from the Philippines
The Philippines has taught me that I can enjoy a simple life, and I know I can be happy with less. Could I have learned that elsewhere? You bet! But moving here was the change I needed. For you, it may be different.
I learned to appreciate different cultures. I have felt nothing but welcome from the people here. Even though I am not from here, I have been made to feel like I belong. I’ve made many friends that I will keep for a lifetime. I often felt lonely and disconnected in the U.S. and this was just the change I needed.
The Philippines is not a perfect place, but it was what I needed at the time. I think I will always be connected to this country, one way or another.
Lessons I’ve Learned for Looking Inside
I spent my life feeling sorry for myself. Self-pity is a terrible thing because you start to feel like you have no control over your life. I blamed everyone except for myself, and I truly freed my mind when I took responsibility.
For once in my life, I feel like I control my destiny. I felt helpless before, but now I don’t. I know I can count on myself to do what needs to be done. In the past, I had so many excuses for not doing the things I should have been doing. Not anymore; excuses are not part of my everyday life.
I’ve reached inside and found strength. I felt weakened by the trials in my life. It took time, but I feel like I can take on the world!
It’s been a long journey, but I am starting to feel like I have found my place in the world. It is a great feeling to be happy most of the time, instead of the other way around.