The reaction I have gotten from the people in my life has been a little bit of everything. Some people think I’m crazy. (Good crazy and bad crazy I believe.) Others think I am brave. Others, that I am stupid and thankfully many are happy and excited on my behalf.
Doing something like this is apparently very unusual. I’m the only one I know that has ever done something like this. It’s not the safe option. It’s as far away from pension plans, life insurance plans, materialistic safety and comfort as you can get. Far from safe daily routines where you know what’s going to happen, and apparently far from what one’s supposed to do with ones life.
I have no problem accepting and respecting other people’s own choice of how to spend their lives, I just wish I’d get the same respect in return. I don’t understand why so many people have opinions- and want to decide for me, trying to talk me out of this and live the life they find suitable for them.
“What about your job?”
“What about your apartment?”
“How will you manage all alone?”
“What will you do about money?”
“But you don’t speak Spanish, how will you manage?”
“Won’t it get lonely?”
“Why do you even want to do this?”
And on it goes. And I answer them all honestly and with a lovely inner calm telling me that I am in fact doing this and that it’s the right choice for ME.