Apr 29, 2008, 9:27 AM
Post #36 of 50
Wow, a 100 acre goat farm. You guys don't sound ready to retire from anything. Sounds like you have chosen an avocation, even if you don't plan on farming for profit. Your combination of places sounds ideal and I get the feeling that the adventure of life is still calling to you. Good luck with it. As for the financial planning part. I never mentioned finances. We did meet with one planner who told us that we would have to work for another 25 years or so before we could retire with our desired income. What a hoot! His financial "pie" was not based on our situation and philosophy. The reality is, we can do it any time we choose. I'm thinking about things like where, when the time comes, we would choose to die. Ironically, my wife and I feel more a part of the Sayulita community than we do at home. There is something really rewarding about seeing positive changes affected immediately, such as helping with the local schools, trash collection and the like. Sayulita has a cosmopolitan feel, despite the dirt roads and lack of civic infrastructure. There are no elected politicians, school board, street lights, paved roads, town police, firemen, ambulance...none of that stuff. Yet, somehow, (this is one of the amazing things about Mexico) life goes on and the village grows. More than anything, the beauty of the place, the ocean, the views, it is the appeal of the local community, watching the families interact in the Square, seeing small children run around knowing that the community as a whole are one, looming parent, that appeal to us. We both grew up in Italian neighborhoods in the New York area, with Old World marketplaces and local commerce. The Village of Sayulita brings us both back to our childhoods, when family and community were not things that one sought, they were there, as natural as the air. So, the dilemma is, do we give up the familiar? Could it really be that easy? Will we feel cut off from our native culture? I'm not talking about foods that we'll miss; movies, tv, stuff like that. I'm wondering if one's country, state, city, town are such a permanent part of who we are? We will, of course, learn this for ourselves; but I would like to hear from those on this forum who have the benefit of years of experience.