When I first decided that I wanted to live in the Philippines in the mid-90’s, some people just could not understand why I would want to do that. I didn’t make the move until 2000, and in the interim, a lot of people asked me why I wanted to do such a crazy thing. They couldn’t understand. Even today, so many people still don’t understand my logic. Even people in my own family told me back when I was starting to have the desire to move here that I must be crazy. It’s a lonely feeling when you are a lone wolf, or a pioneer.
The first person that my wife and I told about our desire to move to the Philippines was my Mom. Of course, she didn’t want us to leave, but her feelings went way beyond that. She was absolutely incredulous about even the thought of moving here. My brother asked me how I could live without electricity! I explained to him that electricity was available here, as were most of the amenities that he enjoyed. He thought we would be living in a hut in the jungle somewhere! Others who are not family had similar misconceptions. Friends and co-workers couldn’t understand what would spur a desire to move here. They thought I had a screw loose. But, I was determined, and felt that I had a good basis for my decision.
I’ve been here long enough now that people who are close to me can see that I am happy. My Mom has come to visit several times, and she understands that this is the right place for us to live. Friends, relatives, anybody who is close to me and has communications with me even just from time to time has realized the fact that I made the right decision for myself. Remember, the right decision is different for everybody. Not all people could live here and be happy.
For me, I am a lot happier living here than I was in the United States. I am more successful in business here, I earn more money, and the living expenses are lower. For the most part, I do what I want to do and when I want to do it. It’s a good life. I am also healthier now. I have lost over 130 pounds since moving here! I am more active than before, and take better care of myself.
It’s funny, in 7 years I have gone from being considered a nutcase to having people say that I am their hero! I don’t consider myself to be a hero, but I do know that I am pretty happy with my life and the direction that it is heading!