Sitting in a Boeing 737, aisle seat 25D, Feb 22 3:55 pm – on my way from Flamingo airport, Kralendijk on Bonaire back to New Jersey. Flamingo – doesn’t that have an infinite better ring to it than New Jersey? I guess not for everyone. But then again, I am not one everyone, I am me. And I would have very much preferred to stay on Bonaire – indefinitely. Every single time I have left the island, this is only the fourth time, it seems to be harder. It reminds me very much of my time leaving Australia for good after living there three great years.
My issue is that while I do have a somewhat idealistic nature I am also very realistic. I could never do what some society dropouts do (somehow that word has a bad ring to it, which I do not mean it to have). Just stay. No job, no money, no plan at all. No or rather a very, very uncertain future? In a way I admire those restless souls, even envy them for embracing freedom to do what they want. Me, I feel the need to have some minimum of security, a safety net? Which, while it is nice, it hinders you in other aspects, constrains you. I am feeling constrained by my own need for security. Why am I allowing myself to constrain myself?
Well. I will keep working on it. 20 years ago, when I went to Australia, with a safety net, because I had a job, it was different, because it was only me. Now it is not, there is hubby and me. Which definitely has it’s advantages, but…. it also means another security conscious person, even more so than myself. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? I guess it depends on what you want. If you want to move your life to a tropical island in the spur of a moment it doesn’t help. If you want a well planned move, which may last you a lifetime, but won’t happen right now, it does. And in the meantime – did I mention that there are a lot of (American) snowbirds on Bonaire escaping the winter months in the US? That is definitely a great option – for retirement. Which, for us, is also still quite a few years away.
So, until then we will continue our current life and work right here in NJ and will return to our tropical island for vacation only as often as possible. And if we get really lucky, we will even go back to Bonaire again this year. For now, instead of the winter we still have outside, you can expect some more summer, Caribbean photos on this site in the near future.
Now, I’m curious. How about you? If you could live anywhere on our world – where would it be? And why? Or is there even a different time you would like to travel to?
Oh, right, I wanted to link this post to Leslie’s Tuesday Coffee Chat so, I’d better complete the sentence: If you really knew me, you would know that I have a lot of dreams, some even came true already, but I would never give up everything for them.
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