THE end of year analysis is always fascinating. For me and the group of people I got to know on arrival here twenty years ago the analysis has a twenty-year tinge to it.
Children were born and are now old enough to have left home for universities all over EuropeThe safety of people in our province is paramount,. The ideas and ambitions of the year 2000 have either been realised or discarded. A reminiscence edition has to include those who joined us for a spell and then left for another adventure.
We remember their names and laugh about shared experiences and then we move on. In effect that’s what they did to us – they moved on too. In an Ex Pat world, we live in the ‘moment’. I am not getting all new age on you but it is a fact that the Ex Pats are generally only interested in you when they meet you or see you. Out of sight, out of mind takes over thereafter. It is a real challenge for anyone involved in communities or charities who try to change that mind set.
This was very evident when we tried to set up a version of the Samaritans on the island for English speakers.
Many well intentioned people trained, got involved and manned the helplines. They spoke to many who were depressed and challenging all the reasons they had left their previous life to come to Majorca.
Running away, starting a new life, reinventing themselves was a common thread.
Of course we all know that never works as when you relocate you take yourself and all previous experiences with you. You can live a double life for awhile and then the real you pops up again with all the good and bad of the past.
Copyright © 2011 JIN SHI