There comes a moment when you realize IT’S TIME TO GO … time to move on and time to make some changes. You may find yourself in a situation or place or experience that you’ve outgrown, no longer meets your expectations, or has headed in directions with which you are no longer comfortable. You can grit your teeth, stress, and keep on doing the same thing in the same way, or pick up and move on. It’s your choice! A rut is just a coffin with the ends knocked out.
So now what?
Unfortunately just changing locations doesn’t always solve the problems … but it sure helps! Sometimes you have to change you. Change your outlook and your way of thinking. Move from a negative outlook to a positive outlook. Assuming you first deal with your own s***, then maybe a change of place, a change of location, a new opportunity is just what you need.
Over the years I’ve written a lot about escaping to Panama. There’s my book, and scores of articles on my blog about moving to Panama. It’s not for everyone, but it may be for you and now may be the time.
Panama is a peaceful country … with no army and not spending trillions of dollars to get the rest of the world to live the way we do. Maybe that’s why Panama is one of the happiest countries in the world! We not only are located at the crossroads of the world, but our famous Canal continues to bring the world together. Panama uses the US dollar as its currency, so we don’t have the wild currency fluctuations of many of our neighbors. Panama has THE most robust economy in the region. It’s not only the Canal, but international finance, the second largest free zone in the world, logistics, construction, the country of registration for 25% of the world’s ships, the airline hub of the Americas, and a burgeoning tourist industry. We have been a democracy for almost 30 years with multiple political parties (not just two who are “the establishment”) and civil elections that are fought at the local level (not on TV) by candidates who mostly have very similar views, and serve 5 year terms (and are required by law to sit out for 10 years before thinking of running again). Elections are hard-fought, often very close, but in the end everyone gets together with Seco or rum, and comes together to move the nation forward. Peace, prosperity and happiness. Nice!
Panama is in the tropics so you can have hot, hot, hot! … both in temperament and climate … or enjoy to cool, year-round spring-like climate of a mountain paradise like Boquete, which is where I choose to live. Hottest, maybe 80 degrees F at noon with the sun out, and 61 degrees F at 3:30 am when the dogs wake me up to go out and pee … and the stars look like Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” It really is paradise!
Of course things change … and not only places, situations, and experiences, but we also change. We want new experiences, new adventures and new opportunities. And sometimes those changes aren’t always what we would choose, if we had a choice. Sometimes those changes you wouldn’t choose are physical, and you have to regroup and reevaluate, which is why we end up offering our own personal paradise for sale.
Our beautiful 4,500 sq ft Tuscan-style home and 3.5 acre estate filled with lush tropical gardens, exquisite Arabica coffee and a host of tropical fruit trees … orange, lemon, , guanabanas, banana, plantain and others, is being offered for sale. It is a private paradise with incredible views and has been dubbed by others as “the most beautiful house in Boquete.”
For physical reasons and because I still spend much of the year working on fabulous cruise ships sailing around the world, we need to downsize. I welcome your inquiries about our home and small farm.