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I love my place of origin. Actually, I am from Brooklyn, New York. I was brought up in the City, went to school there, and had lots great friends. Of course, this was many years ago. Times change, people change and decisions lead to change. As we grow and our thinking, experiences and wants/needs change, this may cause us to begin to formulate our life in another place.

My question to you is how do you feel about your place of origin? If you’re still there, are you truly invested in your town or city? What would cause you to leave and …… could you? I didn’t think I would leave New York….ever. I was very entrenched in this city, and many of my relatives are still there. They have been there for all of their lives. It’s pretty funny when you think about how people are ‘fixed’ in their hearts and minds to “stay put.” I find this especially true of New Yorker’s. They are “fixed” and entrenched in this place. 🙂

Please do not get me wrong. There are so many places, big cities and towns where people have grown up and stay. The area has a wonderful familiarity to it consisting of all the memories, yet, there is usually, at some point, a wish to see and experience another place. It could be a place you’ve never been to before. What about a place you’ve enjoyed many times on vacations? I am reminded that vacationing some place and actually living there day-to-day can be like night/day. So, how do you make that decision? It’s going to be different reasons most probably for a family when considering a move. I don’t believe It matters greatly, whether it’s a city or a town. The whole idea at the outset is leaving what you know to go someplace you don’t know. It also could be leaving family, friends, or a great job. If you’re self-employed, you can take your business with you. However, depending on what type of business, it may take a shorter or longer time getting it up and running.

So, after all that explanation, I am here to say, “I really like Costa Rica.” It is strange, but for the last couple of months, I have felt this drive to investigate a move to that beautiful and wonderful place. It is a place of beauty, where the green of the bushes and trees are the greenest I’ve seen. The water of the sea is as blue-green as you can get, the people are wonderful and the food……hmmm….delicious. Then, I start to think it’s because I haven’t been to Costa Rica in about two years, and I’m just missing it. It always feels spiritual when I am there. Maybe, it’s because the people seem to be sincere in their actions and demeanor. Of course, I have always gone as a tourist. However, I have read and talked to people who say constantly…” Pura Vita”, the good life.

There are many ex-pats living in Costa Rica. They live there for the many reasons I have mentioned above. You know how things go.  As you go, so goes a place that seems so right. Once you’re there permanently, it may cease to be as you thought. However, as Costa Rica is now, it is like a piece of Heaven to me. It’s just that beautiful in my eyes.

The homes are similar to what we have in the United States. They sell at various levels, but there is so much lushness surrounding you. Everything is beautiful. I was wondering earlier today, would there be roaming animals, lizards and other things that would really scare me? I know they have big iguanas, as one of them ran after a friend of ours. It was only after it felt that the baby was going to be hurt or captured (who knows). It was quite funny at the time, very funny. You know that type of laughter that makes tears come to your eyes. I don’t know if they run free. I would definitely have to check that out first. That could be the buster for me. I don’t like bugs, rodents or other things that would chase or bite me.

I hear the healthcare is great, and have read about people going to Costa Rica for healthcare. It is far less expensive than in the United States. Anyway, I wanted to share this, because I love it when people seek to meet and know other people and places. It is great learning about oneself and others who are different, only  because they have different ways of doing things. In order to grow as a person, it is important that we keep changing and learning. Thereby, it’s imperative to keep investing in yourself to build your “new” self and identity. In this way, you appreciate your values, your contribution to this world as a person, and know you have knowledge, love and possibly a vision or message to share with others. After all, there is only one of you, and not another exactly like you. Even a twin or someone from a larger multiple birth have individuality.

And, there are beautiful places on this earth that are like no other place. They have a special thing that holds your heart. They may look similar, but they are different! What place holds your heart?


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