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The Serendipity To Be In Zih

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 12:01 (75 days ago)

All my life before moving to Zihuatanejo I'd always said I'd rather be a poor man in the tropics than a rich man up north, and for over 28 years now I've been eating those words and finding them delicious. Imagine a world where every day of your life is the best, where every meal you eat is the best, and where your heart is full to overflowing with love every single minute. That's been my life here. My worst day here still beats any day in the States commuting in traffic to work in some city from 8 to 5 with an hour lunch break. Not knocking it for those who love their modern workaday lives, paying off their mortgage and saving for retirement. But my priorities and likes diverged from most U.S. culture way back when I was still a teen, and until I moved here I felt increasingly like a stranger in a strange land, an outsider in my "own" culture, putting on my happy face to work each day and play the role I didn't feel genuine in. If I'd stayed Stateside in my then-profession I'd probably be retired right now with a healthy nest egg. But I couldn't live the double life and pretend any longer. When I picked up and moved here, I knew it was likely for good. The minor hardships of life here suit me much better than pretending to enjoy a culture I didn't identify with, a culture that was going one way while I was going another. As the old Jimmy Buffett song goes, "You can have the rest of everything I own, 'cause I have found me a home."

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