Hey Kristin, thanks for responding. And first, apologies for my previous comment. I wrote that in anger immediately after reading your piece. So I want apologize for the tone I used, though I still firmly believe in the content of my original comment.

So I’m sorry. I don’t know you and I shouldn’t have assumed or accused you of “not doing enough”. That being said, I feel that you accused me of complaining without doing anything myself. I have and still offer my time (HFH, Techo, Catchafire) and my financial resources when I can. Of course this isn’t a competition, but like you, I don’t want to be unjustly disparaged.

Again I’m sorry about the tone of my previous comment. I didn’t mean to make it personal, and definitively shouldn’t have. I don’t know you, and don’t have a problem with you as a person. What bothers me is the content of your post, and countless others (from countless authors) like it. Stories that claim to have “the answer” only to offer a lifestyle that only few can really afford. What bothers me is a lack of self-awareness, failing to acknowledge the privileges that prevent so many others from following in your footsteps. In your case, it’s not just being American, but also white, well educated, cisgender, etc. What bothers me is the opportunism of using the pandemic to attract clicks to the same product you’ve been selling long before.

For the record, I clicked your article because the title made me believe you’d add to the pool of knowledge gained through the pandemic. Your article is, in my personal opinion, not that. Because yes, I do believe there’s better ways of living, and I’m constantly learning and adapting. I just don’t think yours is feasible for the vast majority of people.

I don’t doubt you believe what you say. I just don’t think you’re fully aware of the barriers most people face. Once again, I apologize for the tone of the previous comment, but I sincerely hope you take the time to not only read this, but acknowledge what I have to say. And hopefully, you can use this to better frame the opportunities you offer, and the people you target.

P.S. Say what you will about textbook definitions. But that hasn’t stopped the media from referring to Brit and American retirees living full time in the Philippines (or Vietnam, or Indonesia) as expats. The same media that will always refer to me as an immigrant or foreigner.

From SCZ, Bolivia. Now in SLC, Utah. Here to read, write, and complain (in that order). I write fiction, humor, and some essays.

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