It is beginning to look like we will be moving up our departure date for Belize! At the current rate that we are disposing of possessions we’ll be sleeping and sitting on bare floors by the end of December.
Lately I’ve been getting an interesting question from friends: “Are you getting nervous?”
Hell, yes. I’m getting nervous.
That is not what they mean though. The real question is “Are you having doubts?”
Nervous is a very different thing from doubt. Neither Rose nor I have any doubts about moving to Belize. We’ve thought it through. Decided the pros outweigh the cons. And we’re good to go. Sooner than later.
But, yeah, I’m nervous. Who wouldn’t be? This whole thing started out as a simple idea: “Let’s move to Belize.” Now as we get closer to moving and further away from staying put everything looks more complicated.
For example, I can’t believe how many letters attesting to my character and financial responsibility I need just to open a bank account. Besides the more routine questions, like “Where will we live?” we need to think about U.S. mail (How will we get it?); health (What sort of insurance do we need?); transportation, if we live in San Ignacio (Will we need a truck or car?); luggage (How much should we bring to live here?); stuff (What do we do with the stuff we don’t take with us?); work (Can we get work permits?) not work (Should I apply for the Retired Persons Incentive Program?); clothing (What do I do with all these sports coats?); cooking (Seriously? Bring our own pots and pans?); cell phones (What do I do with this iPhone?); People magazine (Will I ever see it again?); time (Really, what will I do with my time?).
About 10 more of the same kind of questions arise nightly, usually between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. and evaporate by the time I rise for the day. I need to take more notes in my sleep …
But wait. Here’s an idea, my Belizean friends (and soon-to-be friends). In my former business, journalism, one very hot trend is crowd sourcing. That’s where a bunch of people who don’t get paid provide information to someone who does. That inundation of information is sorted, compiled, verified, calibrated, fine-tuned, sifted, compressed, analyzed and written up into something useful for readers.
I’d like to try this with you – only I won’t be paid either.
Here’s the question – Can you tell us some of the things you have learned in your move to Belize?
I’ll compile everything into a nice coherent blog post which everyone is welcome to copy and send around to the other 10,000 people who will be moving to Belize behind us.
Send your lessons learned to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you like, include a little about yourself – a name, where you live, how long you have resided in Belize, perhaps some favorite pursuits.
Thanks in advance. This will be fun!
And fun is so much better than nervous.
- Belizean toilet paper – this is how we roll (robertjhawkins1.wordpress.com)
- Road to Belize: Consolidate, compress, distribute, discard (robertjhawkins1.wordpress.com)