There’s an interesting topic Migz Paras started on his blog. Being an IT professional, he talked about why he chose to still stay in the Philippines while his friends have been going out to work either in the US or Singapore. He tickled my senses because this is precisely my experience.
I’ve been a web professional for quite sometime. Joy’s a registered nurse. That combination must be a sure passport to the US. Why am I still here in the Philippines? My answer is philosophical and –I forgot to tell Migz in my blog post comment — spiritual.
I discovered two things: 1) that being contented (read: satisfied) with what you have is the key to happiness. In my opinion, my family can live a simple, happy life here in the Philippines even without the extravagance that money through working abroad can bring, and 2) if your purpose in life is centered only on bringing pleasure to self, you’ll never be satisfied. You’ll live a life craving for more and never really enjoyed what you have. There’s got to be more in life than bringing personal pleasure and earning big bucks. Here comes the spiritual part: I believe that my higher purpose in life is to live a life that pleases God AND to become a bridge for people disconnected to Him, therefore giving them the same peace, happiness and satisfaction that I am experiencing right now. Seeing people living life to the full is effort worth doing. As far as I’m concerned, no amount of money earned abroad can give that.
Disclaimer: This is just a personal experience. I am in no way judging the reasons why others decide to leave and work abroad.