Something has been happening in recent months. Something kind of unexpected, for me at least. It is certainly something good in my view, though.
So, what’s been happening?
A number of people who read this site have actually been moving here to actually Live in the Philippines! It’s kind of rewarding to me to see this happen too. While I don’t think, nor will I claim that I am responsible for them moving here, but I would like to think that I played a small role in helping them make the decision.
Too many people think that they just can’t do it. They dream about it. Everyday they think about it. They read about it here and on other sites about the Philippines. But, in the back of their minds, most people are silently thinking that it’s a wish, but very difficult to do. It’s too scary for some to do. It’s like venturing out into an unknown world.
Why are people scared? Well, maybe one of the big reasons is because it’s not a normal thing to do. What percentage of people leave their country of birth and move overseas to another country? Well, I don’t know the answer to that question, and it’s more of a rhetorical question anyway. But, what I do know is that the number of people who do it is a very small number. When you make the choice to move abroad, you get all kinds of strange looks from people. So many people think that you have absolutely gone insane. “What is he thinking,” they seem to say.
As I say, when you move abroad, people think that it’s crazy. They think that if you move from the USA to France or Britain. When they hear you say you are going to move to the Philippines they think that you are a certifiable nut job. I mean, it’s a poor country, the third world, corruption, crime, terrorism… these are the thoughts that they have, and many people even voice this to you! I know, I’ve been there myself!
Over the past few months several regular readers have moved here to the Philippines. Also, I am aware of several other readers who are in the stages of packing and preparing for the move as I type this. Still others have told me that they plan to make the move later this year. I am seeing increased momentum in people actually making the move instead of just thinking or dreaming about doing it.
Over the years of writing this site, there have been a number of times that Feyma and I have talked on this subject. The conversation has gone something like this:
Bob: You know, there are a lot of readers on that LiP site.
Feyma: Yeah, I know. A lot of them seem interested to move to the Philippines too!
Bob: Yeah, they are interested, but the vast majority will never make the move.
Feyma: Very true, probably just a couple of readers will actually do it.
Well, it’s true that only a small percentage will actually move to the Philippines. But, to be honest, I am pleasantly surprised at the numbers who are now going through with the dream. It’s satisfying to me also to see it happen.
Now, on the other end of this “rainbow” is that I have known a couple of people who moved here and hated the place, stayed 6 months or a year and went back home to the USA. Mostly, these people could not handle the Culture here, and instead of giving themselves a chance to adjust, they just left with a good degree of hatred in their hearts. Hey, we all have our own freedom of choice, and some of us choose paths that are different than others.
Anyway, the thing is, it is just really satisfying for me to see some people making the move. Making a move to a life that they feel will make them happier. Chasing after their dreams. These are all great things, and something that I am very happy to see!
How about you? Will you be joining us soon?
See you in the Philippines!