I have been thinking a lot these past couple of days about living here and if I should maybe try to find another place. My biggest concern is the health care situation. Now I see the handwriting on the wall about IMSS. It isn't a viable option. I either have to move to where I can get national medical insurance, pay for expensive private medical insurance or resign myself to paying all my medical bills out of pocket. Every place I have researched has major things that I don't like. Further south, into S. American countries, the weather gets bad. I have friends in Granada, Nicaragua. I looked up the weather. Eight months of rain. I couldn't handle that.
The question is this: How close to perfection does a place have to be in order to be happy? How much of happiness is based on the external environment and how much is an internal affair? I was thinking of adding up all the good things about living here. Number one is the beautiful weather. Then comes a long list of other advantages. If I were to put the pros on one side of a piece of paper and put the cons on the other side, I would have probably 20 pros and 3 cons.... That is pretty good. I doubt if I will manage to get anywhere near that distribution in any other place in the world. If health care is my main concern then maybe I should shell out the money for private insurance in case of major medical problems. My friends have a policy like that. It costs 1200 dollars a year plus a percentage of the hospitalizations. I don't think it covers normal doctor bills. When I find out more about it, I will put it on my blog. I know I am not the only person considering this problem.
Back to the original question. How much of one's happiness is dependent upon the environment and how much is based on things within each person? Since there is no such thing as paradise here on earth, how long do we search for our ideal place? What things are essential in order to be happy? That is a personal issue too. We all have to sift through our needs and our wants. We may want certain things in our lives but we can do without them if the basic needs are met. We could wander around the world and never be happy if our internal lives are not fulfilling. I guess it is a balance between looking inward and looking outward to the environment. I wonder if it is easier to move to a new place or change a bad habit? What is happiness anyway? Most of the time I am contented. Maybe that is enough.