Do you believe in signs from above? No? Yes? Maybe yes? Maybe no? I do. Maybe you will too after reading about these coincidences that have occurred ever since we thought of making our move and retiring to Costa Rica? It will at least make you wonder.
A few years ago we found out that the happiest place or country on the planet was Costa Rica. The number 2 place? .........the Dominican Republic where I had been traveling twice a year for the past 21 years. No wonder I'm such a happy person!
Coincidentally, the closest town to us is Dominical.
We knew that we needed a place to stay after selling our apartment before the move to Costa Rica. Coincidentally, my coworker was moving out of her apartment, which was within walking distance of work, and was looking for somebody to take over her lease for her last 2 months. What could have been a stressful situation resulted in a good resolution for both of us.
Our temporary mailing address was PO Box 10113. Ceasar's birthday is.........1/13.
After my father's passing in 2000 I sold what I could of his old cameras and camera accessories, and stored away the rest. Those sales, done on Ebay, helped finance our move to a larger NYC apartment. Several months ago I did the same thing so he is actually again helping to finance our move to Costa Rica.
I took my old money that I had leftover from the Dominican Republic to the bank and was able to get $28 for it. I had to buy a part my tripod 1 week later and it cost, coincidentally.......... $28.
After selling and giving away practically everything that we weren't taking to Costa Rica, I had only my comic book collection left. I was resigned to throwing them out. With only 2 days to go my friend Dave and his girlfriend met us for dinner. Not only was it a coincidence that he asked if I still had my comic books available, but he also said that since it was the Chinese New Year it would be good luck for him to give a portion of his gift money to me. What a, say it with me, .....COINCIDENCE.
While going through some old family photos I came across a photo of my grandparents. In the background there was an advertisement to visit Trinidad & Tobago. Coincidentally, we were watching House Hunters International and they were featuring Trinidad & Tobago. Or perhaps they were trying to tell us to move to Trinidad & Tobago but I chose to believe it meant save the photo of them and symbolically take them with us.
My favorite one was....With only 1 day left before our move I found an old card addressed to my parents from their good friends Lois & Henry. It must have been when they moved out of their old home in Brooklyn and moved to a smaller apartment in Long Beach, right on the beach. In it was written.....Rest your worries, remember treasured moments, count your blessings one by one. Be gentle with yourself. Smell the roses. ask for hugs. Slow down. Step back. Savor. Look in the mirror and smile. Listen to the music of the earth- the wind, the ocean, the birds, the mountains. Relax. Reflect. Regroup.
We will be sure to take their advice.
Note: we are still waiting for delivery of our items from NYC. This will then become more of a photo blog.
Coming soon.......So What's It LikeTo Wake Up in Your Retirement Dream Home?