Reflecting back on the version of myself that moved to town 7 years ago, I cringe at my naivety. Ignorance is most certainly bliss. I don’t think I even knew what dengue fever was when I moved here. But in the same vein, I am thankful for all the things that blossomed with experience. There’s a big difference between trying to make a living here and trying to make a life.
A healthy life in San Juan del Sur is founded on authentic friendships, compromise and gratitude. It exposes weakness, disregards prestige and has no room for pride. At times it calls for humility and others courage – sometimes in the same day. Over the years my attitude has changed. It’s not better, or worse, it’s just different. My filter of expectations has adjusted and I’m a lot happier for it.
So in no particular order, here are a few nuggets of wisdom that took me far too long to learn.