Visions at Lake Chapala

December 19, 2012

Nah, I'm not talking smoking peyote and having visions.  This is mainly about some thoughts I had while out on the terraza this morning as the sun was coming up.  It goes something like this.

Three years ago this month I knew absolutely nothing about Lake Chapala.  I was working, trying to figure out if we were going to make year-end shipments, decorating the house for Christmas, and just generally living what I thought was a good life.

Two years ago I was involuntarily unemployed.  I knew a whole lot more about Lake Chapala by then, having made two visits during the year. While decorating the house for Christmas, my mind wrestled with deciding if we should take the plunge and move to Lake Chapala, Mexico.

 One year ago I knew a whole lot more about Lake Chapala because we did move to Lake Chapala and had been here for a little over 5 months,
we had decorated the house for Christmas, and were beginning our adventure in Chapala. 

Now, as I write these words we've been here for nearly a year and a half, know a lot more about living at Lake Chapala, Mexico, are getting ready to decorate the house for Christmas, my sweetheart Kimmy's doing her Christmas shopping up NOB and we’re still enjoying the adventure that we began now 18 months ago.

I am amazed how, in a scant 36 months, our lives have changed and how things happened much as we envisioned they would two years ago..

When I look back at some of the things that I had envisioned our lifestyle might be like… playing water volleyball, meeting lots of interesting people, having an active social life and just and enjoying life as never before.

I enjoy the simple things like waking up in the morning to a glorious sunrise, days filled with adventures of one type or another and at days end having a glass of wine on the patio and enjoying the sunset.

No our lives are not boring because we also go to the village for the many fiestas and festivities, I enjoy sharing our life here with family and friends stuck back North hoping they will come join us in our little paradise.
So, my visions are all materializing much like I thought that they would.

At dinner last night I was discussing with friends whether they thought many people really take the time to project out into the future and see how their lives could change for the better, or whether people tend to live in the day-to-day and think the future will be the same as today and somehow take care of itself.

 The general consensus was that most people probably get trapped in day-to-day thinking and let events and circumstance determine what their lives will be like.  I'm not saying that there is anything wrong with that, I have watched many of my friends and family do exactly that and they seem very content with their lives.

However, the people that I have found to be most happy have looked at their future and chosen to take a chance and do things that are outside of their normal day-to-day comfort zone. 

They looked, they saw, they determined that there were alternatives and they evaluated the downside risk if the alternative didn't pan out.  For many it worked, others had to backtrack and do a plan B, but at least they gave it a shot.
When we were up in Dallas over the holiday, we got together with some good friends who have chosen to leave the status quo, sell their house, quit their jobs and move to Lake Chapala.  He's a little older than his wife and their decision wasn't an easy one. 

A couple years ago they had envisioned having to work for a number of years more, and this look into their future made them realize that if they continued to work, they would have very little time to enjoy their "together" time and enjoy a retirement together. 

They have visited us multiple times over the last 18 months and determined that they would rather have a retired life together now, than a continuation of their day-to-day existence in the States. 

Their decision was only possible because they took the time to project into the future and see that their life’s runway was getting shorter quickly. They chose “happy together now” over a continuation of status quo.

 So, what's my point?  Am I on a crusade to get you to move to Lake Chapala? No, honestly I’m not.

No, these are just some random thoughts that popped in my head as I sat on the terraza on a recent morning watching the sunrise and realizing how lucky I am to live here at Lake Chapala.

I'm not advocating everyone move to Lake Chapala and enjoy the unmitigated bliss of paradise.  Not at all.

I'm just encouraging those that are living in the day-to-day monotony of the same old same old to do a little projecting out into their own future and seeing what they might see for themselves.

It may seem a little risky to move out of your comfort zone, but all you have to do is figure out what the downside is and not be afraid to take a calculated risk for a whole new, exciting, peaceful life now. You can always go back, right? Nothing really to lose and a whole new early retirement life in what just be your paradise too.
Sincerely, John King
Take a look at John’s Blog. You’ll be glad you did!
  • Arlene Cooney

    I am so happy you introduced John King a while back – I have been reading and enjoying his blogs ever since!

  • Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Arlene,

    Thanks for your nice words for John and I. He’s a very nice guy who like me, tells it like it is. He’s been a real blessing to know and as a guest author.

    I sincerely hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas and an even better New Year. Siempre tu amigo, Sid


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