I’m sweating right now. Which is a problem for my all-natural deodorant. I may have to upgrade.
Anyway. Why am I sweating?
Because I live in the Dominican biz-natches! And it’s bloody hot here.
I up and moved here from Toronto exactly one week ago. I made the decision to move here exactly 3 weeks before that.
Ane people keep asking me:
“Why the Dominican?”
“How did you decide?”
“What drew you to the DR?”
“How many places did you research before deciding?”
And my answer is probably a liiiiittle different than they are expecting.
“Dunno. Was just easy”.
Places I researched = nada.
Amount of research I did about Santo Domingo, the city I live in = nada.
Basically, I have a few friends here from the climbing community, and one of them was all like “Becca – you should just move here! You can live in my house!”
And I was all like “Ok!”
And that was that. Easy. Done.
Sure, it’s not my ideal location (I’d rather be on a beach, obvz). It might not even be my ideal country – there are places higher on my list than the DR (shhh, don’t tell it I said that!).
And I could have spent weeks researching all the possibilities, looking at the weather, checking prices for cost of living + flights, checked out the local expat scene in each city, asked friends what they thought, spent hours googling and scouring travel forums for info on the BEST place to go.
Or I could choose to do it the easy way.
Not everything has to be so difficult.
Not every decision needs hours of researching, agonizing, pro-/con-ing. When you’re in analyzing mode, your brain literally has no room to make good decisions. You’re busy stressing yourself out with worrying about all the little details, and the bigger picture (not to mention the FUN of the whole thing!) gets lost.
Sometimes, you just have to make a decision and roll with it. If it’s the wrong one, it’s the wrong one. No biggie. You course correct, you move on, and you learn something from it.
Point being: I didn’t get here by spending months stressing over it, making sure it was the perfect choice. Besides – we all know that puts wayyy too much pressure on it, which usually leads to disappointment. Which leads to sadness. Which leads to binge eating dulce de leche (and god knows there is enough of that going on here already).
Stop making everything so precious – pick something you want and go for it.
Because while you’re sitting around agonizing over it, someone else is out there living it.