My life in Jamaica
by kristin higgins
My new life in Jamaica started in 2007.
I sold up, left work and came to Jamaica where I built a home in the beautiful hills of Trelawny.
I am originally from the UK but my only regret is that Jamaica is so far from home and expensive to travel- so I have been limited to how many times I can return for visits and it has also stopped my family from coming to see me often.
As I get older so I am waiting to sell my home so I can return to the UK. It has not been an easy journey. I am a pensioner and alone. I am drained emotionally mentally and financially.
People are very lovely and friendly h3ere but I think have done my bit and still do where I can.
I have sent many a child to school with books and uniforms, I have paid many medical bills, I have built board homes for the homeless, I give work to the locals when I can, I bring much back when I have been home and given it away but there is always a need.
I am now tired and alone and need to return home to family. I am grateful for the opportunity Jamaica gave me for living a dream and I will miss many things when im gone.
I only wish I had come when I was younger and met a more genuine man. No regrets just time to leave I think.
Thanks a million for sharing your story.
We understand perfectly, but you of course, are the best judge of your situation.
I noticed two things you said with interest though:
1) You are older, a pensioner and alone &
2) You wished you met a more genuine man.
And I can't help but think perhaps a bit more pre-planning could have gone into your decision to migrate here ,especially since, as you said, you are much older now.
I remember the quotation 'No Man Is An Island' and that is still true; we really need others to live.
Did you consider bringing a child/ grand child with you, or even adopt a child? How about friends?
I am certainly not giving advice...just thinking out loud.
You didn't say if the man you 'met' was a Jamaican either but clearly that relationship is impacting your decision now.
When my visitors ask about relocating here, I often tell them to visit a few times first, learn and appreicate the culture fully, and above everything else, just be smart.
Jamaica is still a dream place to live for many of us, but the realities of live still exists - expenses, politics, relationships etc.
We always need to consider the 'ifs and what ifs'. The truth is, some relationships do go bad (unfortunately) and it happens everywhere
Either way, I wish you luck Kristin, thanks for all you did, and continue to do here, and thanks even more again for sharing.
I'm hoping your post help someone in a very positive way today.
By the way, I'm happy to see you ended by stating that Jamaica allowed you to live your dream
Have a blessed day!
P.S. By the way, for others seeking to migrate here, please be sure to read my posts on moving to Jamaica
and relocating to Jamaica
. Both should give you some solid tips and advice.
Do read also my post on How To Apply For Residence