I have a friend who has been vacationing in the Dominican Republic for many years. In fact, that is where I met him. He is a cool guy. He is funny, yet intelligent and focused. He can sometimes be opinionated. Not that I'm knocking it because everybody is entitled to one.
Okay, here is where I'm going with this blog entry. He and I were on the phone a few weeks ago discussing our recent trips to the DR and sharing the usual gossip. He tells me that he believes all of the ex-patriates that live there have lost their minds. Knowing that we share many of the same acquaintances I gave him the opportunity to clarify and to perhaps rethink such an all-inclusive statement. He said "no, they're all crazy."
He went on to reminisce about when he met various people in the DR and how at the time he met them they seemed to have things all together. He disclosed situations and circumstances that he believes have had an adverse effect on their sanity. He went on to conclude that if they were anywhere near their previous places of residence their behavior and mindset would be much different.
I have thought about that conversation a few times since it occured. While I do not believe that "they're all crazy," I must admit that I have observed changes in behaviors and beliefs and wondered why. I initially charged it to people adapting to their surroundings. But upon further study I admit there have been some instances when behaviors or reactions to circumstances were questionable. You know, one of those "wow, I can't believe that" moments when you witness something and know that the person you thought you knew would not, and should not, allow that to happen or react or behave in such a manner.
Perhaps it is the result of a paradise induced delirium. Maybe for some people living in paradise is like having one too many Cuba Libre's. What are your thoughts?