Set Yourself Free and Move to Ecuador
In a previous post I talked about our decision to sell everything before our Move to Ecuador. I would like to talk to you about the psychological implications of those decisions, how it affected me, and to give you some food for thought as you decide which route to take.
Letting Go is Hard
We are all, whether or not we want to admit it, creatures of habit. There is a sense of well being and comfort in the familiar, everyday routines and our favorite things. I’m thinking of my ratty slippers that I loved and the one worn pair of jeans that my wife tried numerous times to throw away but I wouldn’t let her. Somehow they gave me comfort. I’m sure you can identify as you try to decide what to get rid of and what to keep. So many people become prisoners of their possessions. I know a couple who moved to Ecudaor with a large container of their belongings and after 5 years of living here have boxes and boxes of unopened stuff. Did they really need all that? They just couldn’t bring themselves to liquidate and get lite.
Move To Ecuador: Get Lite and See the Light
I have a confession to make. I have always been a clothes horse. How many 13 year old paperboys do you know who had a charge account at a men’s clothier? I did. In a pre-Ecuador Life I always was a sharp dressed man with the perfect ensemble for every occasion. It may sound trite but getting rid of my closet full of clothes was one of the hardest things I had to do to Move to Ecuador. I must admit that, from time to time, I have pangs of regret. Yes, I do sometimes miss my closet full of clothes. But the freedom I have discovered by not being encumbered by “things” is liberating. Life now is much simpler and clothes are one less thing to stress about. I was a Polo man for the most part, and here is a picture of me in Guayaquil at the Polo store. I couldn’t believe the prices! The shirt I’m holding was $135. I sold most of my shirts for $3 a piece, just to get rid of them!
Take the Plunge
You can view getting rid of most of your possessions as a liberating experience. I know it will be hard to part with a lifetime of accumulation but (and it’s a Big But) if you can do it you will feel a burden lifted from your shoulders. It’s like jumping off the high dive for the first time. The fear is quickly replaced by a euphoric feeling that is wonderful. Your fear is gone and you realize that it wasn’t at all that bad. You will experience a new way of being that is freeing. Living lite is awesome! I encourage you to take the plunge. If you want to move to Ecuador or anywhere abroad you will be so thankful you went lite!
Move To Ecuador: It Gets Better
If you can embrace the living lite mindset you will discover true personal freedom. Freedom to go and do. Freedom to not be tied down by things. Freedom from worry. You’ll have the time to devote your energies where your new interests are, whether it be traveling throughout Ecuador or curling up with a good book. No job, no stuff, no worry!
You Can Do It
As you contemplate a Move to Ecuador and all the details it entails, have faith. There are many who have gone before you. There is a thriving Expat community here open to help and anxious to answer your questions. There has been an explosion of blogs over the last 2 years as more and more people tell their story of Moving to Ecuador.
Miriam and I are here willing to share our experiences with you about our successful Move to Ecuador. We will gladly answer any questions or concerns you may have. No question is too small or trivial. Just give us a call. With the modern miracles of communication we’re just a phone call away. We would be honored to chat with you. Come on in, the water’s fine!
You can call us on our Magic Jack Number for free! It’s 804-858-4289. Skype Dave at dmcausey or Miriam at mmmweaver. Or contact us at info@EcuadorPropertyConsultants.com.