FAQs about Living on an Island
By Richard Little of San Diego, USA - talking about his island in the Philippines.
The appeal of this fantasy usually lasts until one starts thinking about actually living in such a place. Then the tough questions start. In several years of living on the island of San Dian, I have been asked these questions many times and offer here a few reflections, if not answers.
Yes, sometimes. Was I ever bored in San Diego? Sure, sometimes. Once you retire from active work, you inevitably face the often difficult adjustment to inactivity, to not having a place to go every day, filling 16 hours a day with whatever you can find to do.
In my retirement years in San Diego, I found that the city itself provided some of the answers, and that they were mostly the wrong answers. The availability of endless shopping opportunities, entertainments, places to go, things to do, taking care of the bills, maintaining a house, keeping up with the yard, dealing with salesman, customer service reps, unresponsive claims officers and the endless traffic can press down a person like a heavy weight.
When you leave all that, you have to find a different answer for those 16 hours
a day, and the environment of a remote island doesn't provide nearly as many
answers as a crowded city. So you have to fall back on your own resources. For
me that has been a satisfying challenge