What To Do?
Many times on this blog I have suggested that if anybody should come to the Philippines to live, they must have something in mind to keep them busy. Living a sedentary lifestyle in general is not very healthy. Living a sedentary lifestyle in the Philippines can be even more unhealthy and can also drive one stir crazy – which can further lead you to become what the Urban Dictionary describes as “Batsh*t Crazy.”
Related to the process of keeping in good health (and spirit), there are a number of activities that one can do to stay busy. From gardening or fishing to farming or photography. Have a desire to do arts and crafts? Bring your hobby with you! Other active lifestyles can include swimming, snorkeling or diving, biking, hiking, badminton, or maybe just tossing the Frisbee around at the beach (bring your own Frisbees!). In some areas you can golf or go sailing. Throw in a few fiestas, and a few rounds of beers with the buddies and you can enjoy a well-rounded and relaxing lifestyle that can help you keep your health and your sanity.
There are other activities like writing or “Blogging” (which you already know I blog if you are here on my site reading this) that helps keep me busy. It’s good for the mind they say anyway. A few years ago I created a YouTube channel and started posting videos. At the time, video production frustrated me mostly because of the slow internet upload speeds. It seemed like it took forever to create a video and I didn’t feel like wasting my time. Back then I was a “rookie retiree” and hadn’t really shifted into low gear yet. After producing a few videos, I stepped down as self-made movie producer and shifted all efforts to my blog. After nearly three years of living here, I know how to better pace myself in my retirement. I’ve come to the realization that “Time” is all I got left so I have learned to take it slow and enjoy it. I no longer am in a hurry to do nothing. I’ve also learned to NEVER plan more than one thing per day! So now that I have slowed way down, there has been this tendency to become more sedentary again with all the blogging. So, I’ve chosen to do some more videos, or “Vlogging” (video blogging) as it’s called. It still takes time to produce a video, but because I have learned to take things much slower, the slow uploads don’t bother me as much (the power outages do though!) Truth is, I think I forgot how fast the internet can be here in Samar. Taking videos gets me outdoors, on my bike or in the car, and out and about. It beats sitting in the chair for hours on end.
What keeps a Blogger or Vlogger going?
While you can make a little income from monetizing a blog/vlog platform, it’s definitely not the money that helps maintain a Blogger’s spirit. It’s the creativity aspect that is fulfilling. It’s the satisfaction of producing something of value to somebody else. It is new subscribers and new YouTube viewers. When people take the time to leave comments, it is sort of like a reward in and of itself. It is many things that keep a blogger going, but it’s rarely the money. I remember when I was in the “Before Paradise” mode, I would read all the blogs and watch as many videos as I could to gain a better understanding of the choice we made to return to the Philippines to live. It had been over 28 years since we lived here and things have definitely changed. Blogs and videos helped us to better understand what to expect.
As a reader, or subscriber to blogs and vlogs, how do you feel about it? Are they helpful? Are they realistic? Have they helped to affirm your decision to move to the Philippines or alleviate your fears? I would like to know. Your input will help me to create a better blog. Want more videos? Tell me what you want to see and if it is possible, I will do it. (I don’t climb coconut trees nor do I do any cliff diving!) Also, please don’t forget to Subscribe to my blog and Youtube channel. Your subscriptions help to motivate me. Your participation is what keeps me going!
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