by Kenneth Justice
~ “We sold everything we own; our house, cars….everything….and we moved to Costa Rica” he said
Yesterday I met Winston & Donna; they’ve been married four years and are from Urban Washington D.C. One day they got tired of the lives they were leading and decided to sell everything they owned (a big thanks goes to Craigslist as that is how they sold most of it) and moved to Costa Rica……a country they had never even visited before!
“Really?” I asked, “you never even spent a day visiting the place before you moved here?”
“Nope, not even one day. We arranged a place to stay via the Internet and when we got off the plane we took the public bus five hours to the Nicaraguan border and we’ve been living in Costa Rica for the past six months!” said Donna
Winston and Donna aren’t millionaires…..they are merely two people who are chasing a dream…..or maybe I should say; who are trying to make their dream come true.
“The first day we woke up in Costa Rica in our rental house….it felt like we had finally made it ‘home’” she said, “It was so weird, you would think we would be scared to have made this crazy decision…..but instead, on that first morning waking up in a strange country we felt at peace with your decision”
“Kenneth, man we’re not even the type of people to do something this crazy. We just got it into our minds that we weren’t happy back in the States and we needed to venture out into the world. We’re really into healthy living and Costa Rica is all about being pro-environment, and the water here is so good……we’ve been so happy!” said Winston
Because the two of them don’t have residency permits; every 90 days their Visa’s expire and they have to leave the country for 24 hours in order to get reentry back into Costa Rica……yet even with that little hiccup they seem to be extremely happy.
It was interesting meeting the two of them because they seemed to be bubbling over with one adventure story after another….life in Costa Rica for them has been exciting. It’s been filled with experiences that they never would have had back in the states. Of course, selling everything you own to chase your dreams doesn’t come without an expense; once their money runs out they obviously need a source of income to live (they are in their late-20’s) and so they’ve been working feverishly at trying to build a small business via the Internet which they hope will fully sustain their lifestyle in Costa Rica.
I’ll be honest; I don’t have the guts to sell everything I own in order to pursue a dream. Call me scared….or whatever you want to call me; it takes a special kind of person to do what Winston and Donna are doing……but that’s okay.
Because each of us in our own way’s have a little bit of Winston and Donna in us…right?
—-) For some of us it is merely venturing out of our comfort zone and pursing a new hobby or interest
—-) For others of us it means leaving a job that we are comfortable at for a new job that might take more work in the beginning to get it going
—) For some it means taking the chance to trust someone (a boyfriend, girlfriend, etc) and to venture out into new uncharted territory
I doubt that the majority of us will ever be able to sell everything we own in order to pursue a dream……yet there is something in the spirit of Winston and Donna that really touched my heart. I guess I’m the kind of person that gets too much into my routines; I like to know what to expect each day……and while routine’s are nice; don’t you often need a little break from your normal routine once in a while?
For me, a major hurdle in my life for the last 13 months has been staying up to date with my blog each day. I’ve always known that I enjoyed writing…..but taking the chance (and all the effort involved) in writing each day has been a difficult….yet rewarding experience. After all the hard work I’ve put into it……I could of woke up one day to learn that I had ZERO readers, and ZERO people interested in what I have to say……..
So for me, although it wasn’t selling everything I own to move to a foreign country; it was merely putting in the time and energy in my writing……and not knowing for sure if it would pay off in the end.
And even today……I don’t even really know what ‘pay off in the end’ means. At the moment, I’m planning my next blogging trip which will be to Atlanta, Georgia, and Nashville, Tennessee. Will the conversations with readers and fellow bloggers go well? I have no idea….but that’s okay; because like Winston and Donna; I’m excited for the adventure that awaits.
The coffee in Costa Rica has been wonderful….but unfortunately my time here is quickly drawing to close. It’s been eight days and I’ve only got one more left to go.
(P.S. If you haven’t heard I’m currently on a national and worldwide tour of 100 coffee houses in 2014 check out my link for the news and stay tuned for dates and locations )
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