Facing destitution in the US, I moved to Belize two years ago and liquidated my home in Austin, TX. I invested in property in Belize, but did not count on prices rising quite so fast, or having to re-do construction work on the two small rental units I built. Nor did I count on having to wait --- still waiting! --- for Belizean citizenship, and thus banking privileges!
Now I'm 71 years old, still working but not making much, and looking at an effective cut in my already paltry Social Security, due to rising Medicare costs. (I can't use Medicare in Belize, of course, but the US government takes it off the top.)
I have some irons in the fire and am scuffling as hard as I can, but meanwhile, not sure how I can pay the bills or, God forbid, if I should have an emergency of any kind.
I have not been wise. I worked in social services and politics most of my adult life in the States, thus my extremely low Social Security earnings. I volunteered in dozens of civic, community, and political groups, trying to help make the world a better place for coming generations. When I had some money, if any of my friends were in need, they only had to ask.
Generous friends helped me get through a crisis a year ago, but I can't make myself ask them for help again. Family all have their own problems and commitments. So I'm hoping now that some generous strangers, or friends of friends, will find it in their hearts and wallets to help out someone who has tried to live lightly on the earth.
When I was a little girl I took the story of the grasshopper and the ants to heart. Somehow I always knew I was a grasshopper.
Are there any kindly ants out there to give the grasshopper a hand?