What’s the biggest risk you’d like to take — but haven’t been able to? What would have to happen to make you comfortable taking it?
Easy. Move to another country.
This crossed my mind again during one of my “I woke up today, read shitty things about our government and I’m fed up” episodes last month. I told myself, I really just want to leave this country, leave everything behind and live a simple and peaceful life at a farm in Canada. I even started Googling how I can actually migrate to that country. I was that desperate. I’m just so done with everything that’s going on and if I can, I want to start a new life in another country where I know things are better at least. Why have I not been able to do this? While it’s easy to say, “Yes, I will leave the freaking Philippines and move to another country,” it’s hard to put this into action. There’s so much time, planning, money, etc involved. And there’s these questions as well – “Will they accept me? Am I good enough for them?” Funny, but true! They will not accept you if they don’t need you. So since I mentioned Canada, let’s talk about that for a second. Canada has an Express Entry Program, which is amazing but they are mostly looking for skilled workers and I definitely don’t have those skills. So that’s the end for me. LOL. Do I have any friends in Canada who are willing to adopt me? Anyway, I do think though that if you plan to move to a country whose official language is English, a major requirement is to take an English Proficiency Test like IELTS, so once all of this is over, that’s one of the first things I will do. (The other is going to Makati City Hall – but that’s for another story time.) Another option that I’ve considered was working as an English teacher in Dubai. I have a friend who lives in Dubai so at least I know someone there. Maybe, not the best option in this current climate since many Filipinos actually had to go home, but it’s not like I’m moving there right now. It will take a few years at least and hopefully, the situation will be better then.
Another reason I still haven’t taken the plunge is that, I love my job. For the past decade, I’ve been lucky enough to be able to do jobs that I love and it’s definitely why I can’t just leave. I have planned this so many times, there was even a year when I wanted to move to Vietnam to teach English. But until now, I’m still here. It’s just so hard to pull yourself out of a life you actually like and find comfortable, but you just hate your country’s government. Our government was definitely not perfect during the past years but now, it has gotten to the point that I just can’t take it anymore and I want to leave. I don’t want to be a pessimist but I really don’t think it will be better after the next election. Maybe in 10 more years or so. When all of these old politicians are six feet under. LOL. So now, I’m really thinking about doing this and will try to take the first steps in getting this done. Well, once it is safe to do so.
Inspired by this ebook, “365 Days of Writing Prompts” posted here.