Albert Einstein, certainly one of the greatest minds in history, published the Theory Of Special Relativity in 1905. Part of it states that if an object moved fast enough, time would actually slow down. Now, I had a Jag XKE once upon a time, the sexiest car ever made, and it was pretty fast. But I could never get it to go fast enough to bend the time/space continuum and make time slow down for me. Instead, it seemed, every time I turned around it was Thursday as the weeks and months flew by. Birthday after birthday. Year after year.
Now, I am no Einstein, but in spite of that, I found a way, and I think it may deserve a Nobel Prize. A way to slow the clock down without falling off the grid, or moving to the end of the earth or even escaping reality. And the first thing you need to know is simply this. It’s not just about time, it’s also about place. And lucky for me and possibly for you, if you give me some of your time, I know the place.
As my years have mounted up, so hopefully has my discernment and it’s not just the quantity but the quality of life that is meaningful to me. I’m not interested in fast food anymore, fast talk or fast bucks. I’m not interested in driving myself anywhere but the fresh fish market in La Cruz or the veggie stands in Sayulita and Bucerias.
I want to savor my time now, every moment and every morsel, like I would the Black Sea Bass at the French Laundry in Napa or the Mandarin dessert at Le Bernadin. I want to swirl my Lafite around my goblet and delight in its bouquet, clarity and nose. I want to walk the beach at sunset and sit down on the warm sand as the sun dips low and Hershey, my lab, is sitting next to me demolishing a coconut. I want to breath in the salt air and drink in the warm smiles, I don’t want to rush to the Mall or weave through the traffic. I want to have the time to have a conversation without looking at my watch. To stop and acknowledge how good and happy I feel in my little time machine on Banderas Bay.
The daunting question I asked myself and you should too, is what do you really want to do with the rest of your life? What would you do if you had to get it all done while you can still have the health and energy to enjoy it? Where would you go and how much sweeter would you make it?
I found it here and maybe you will too. On the powder ocean sands of Puerto Vallarta, where people take the time to say buena dia and como esta? Where people still have some patience and life is not a mad dash to make it to the end of the day. Where you can linger over a taco or two, maybe a cerveza or a cold glass of Patron. Where the Theory of Relativity is about spending Domingo with your relatives and not just the passage of time. Where civility and concern and smiles and warmth are baked into the people’s DNA.
And if you think you need to be lazy or unproductive, or give up and do nothing, which you certainly can do, nothing could be further from the truth. I work every day, harder maybe, but certainly more enjoyably, than I ever did in the workaday world and I have written 3 novels in just 2 years along with this blog. I know that’s because my mind is free, my heart is light, my eyes are open and I have the time to think, and feel and enjoy.
Sure, it’s sometimes hard to take the leap, but given a choice between things as they are and things exactly the way I want them to be, there really is no choice. So my question to you is this. What if you could squeeze all the sweet nectar out of your life? Spend your time in a warm and wonderful place, full of amazing sights and sounds and people? Live better than ever at maybe 60% of the cost. Have all your needs filled and some you didn’t even know you needed. Be close enough to your family to make it easy to go back and forth? Have security, safety, excellent health care? How great would that be?
I can not recommend Puerto Vallarta enough to accomplish those things. It is beyond my expectation for gracious living on every level. But don’t take my word for it, come and see for yourself. And when you do, visit the lovely Marina and the great folks at Coldwell-Banker. Let them show you what it can be like to live part-time or full-time in a place you will really like. Show you the very definition of professionalism no matter your budget or your needs and make your purchase as stress-free and enjoyable as P.V. is itself.
Those are the things that are relative to me in my life right now, and it’s no theory but a fact.I think it might be for you as well. I just had a big (gulp) birthday so I’m gonna keep doing what Simon and Garfunkel said. “Slow down you move too fast, gotta make the moment last.” How about you?
Come share my dream.