This past Thursday. December 1, 2017 was seven years to the day I left South Carolina and the USA, and I have not been back since. I originally went to Belize, lived there for a year, and then I ended up in Mahahual. It was the best thing I ever did, escaping from the USA. Now with all the craziness I see going on now in the USA, it reaffirms the decision I made seven years ago.
I have been thinking about what to write for the last several days about being an expat for seven years down here, and it keeps coming back to the same point, I feel like I escaped at just the right time. I don’t think I could function in the USA now, and especially South Carolina, with all its racism and political climate. So I plan on staying in Mahahual for quite a while, if not ever.
I am very happy in Mahahual, and I know I will not get rich here by any means, but I have a nice life, and I have the freedom to do as I wish here. I get to talk to different people from all over the world on a daily basis, and I like that, and I learn a lot. I am also exposed to a lot of different cultures and experiences. I get to try different foods and drinks all the time. To me here in Mahahual every day is different, sure the sun shines all the time, and the weather is the same most of the time, but for me there is no monotony, and something different happens to me every day.
So every day now when I watch on TV news or read stuff about the USA, I think to myself, “Boy I am sure glad I got out when I did”. I don’t know in hindsight if I saw all this coming, but I am sure glad I escaped. This expat life is not for everyone, but it is for me. Also I think finding Mahahual is a big reason I have not gone back to the USA for seven years. I got everything I need here, a roof over my head, meals, and with my computer, I can get anything I need far as entertainment wise. Like last night, I came home with a hamburger from Nam Nam, and watched college football in total peace and comfort. I had fan going, weather like 76 degrees, and I am watching all the cold weather on the football games in a t-shirt and shorts, and I thought to myself, “Man compared to living in the USA now, I got it made”.
I mean I live in a place where I get to see beautiful women everyday walking around in bikinis, what red-blooded American male would not enjoy living like that. Mahahual is also for me, a great little village to live in, the people are friendly, and I know practically everybody, even the little kids. Like I tell people from the south who I meet off of the cruise ships here, “Mahahual is the Mayberry of Mexico, the sheriff does not have a gun, we got one town drunk, and one town prostitute, and that is about it”. Mahahual has only about 2,000 inhabitants, but it is just the right size for me. I don’t need a lot to live and get by, so Mahahual is a nice fit for me.
So in retrospect, I am glad I made the decision to leave the USA seven years ago, and start a new life over on the Mexican Caribbean. I have several changes in my life that are going to occur real soon here in Mahahual, and both are in motion now. I can not say anything or speculate now, but it should happen real soon, so stay tuned. These opportunities will basically seal my future here in Mahahual. I have also decided to start a GoFundMe campaign down here, and I will have more information on this later this week. anybody interested let me know.
So seven years an expat, now working on eight.
Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina