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It was yesterday. I faced a “what-if” question from our youngest daughter, Annie. What if you just go down to Guatemala soon and find out if it is right for you and Mom? What if you go down, learn Spanish while you are laid off and see if moving outside the US is what you want to do?

It made perfect sense. I’m laid off, I can collect unemployment checks as long as I am searching for a job and I can do that from any Internet connection. If I find a job I can come back. If a company wants to interview me I can do it over the phone initially. Regardless, being in Guatemala for two months and learning Spanish in a foreign country will likely look better to a prospective interviewer. Actually, I can put it on my resume if I choose. And, if I find out that life and times in Guatemala are not to our liking I can come back. I will learn another language helping me find a job in the States and we can move on to the next possible country if we choose. It makes perfect sense.

So what is the trouble? The problem is that it frightens me. So I went online. I spent time reading again about Guatemala and the violence, the crime, the roads. I already knew that information and I know the US embassy website makes it sound worse than the reality. Still I shuddered a little. What am I getting myself into and without Pam? However, it makes sense to go without Pam. Going with her cradles me a bit after forty years of marriage. Going without her this first time actually makes far more sense.

So a month of preparation and a checklist seems in order:

• Passport and visa restrictions…………………Covered.
• Register with embassy for STEP……………Undone.
• Copies of passport and other info………..Undone
• Resume and cover letters saved on scan disk……. Undone.
• Money in bank account deposited…………….Undone.
• Living will………….Undone.
• Hepatitis and other shots……………………….Undone.
• Two pairs of shoes et al…………………….Undone.
• Toiletries ……………………….Undone.
• Computer to take with…………………Undone.
• Make sure that Pam is covered here with dogs…………………….Undone.
• More to be added sooner than later………. Undone.

I am unsure and frightened.

These feelings may be my biggest motivator.

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