On this, the 38th episode of One Happy Podcast I am being joined by native Aruban Howard Nedd. Howard and I connected via Twitter and where he expressed an interest in coming on the show to speak about growing up in Aruba. Although Howard was born in paradise he like many other Arubans now resides in the Netherlands. As many of you know Aruba natives relocating to the Netherlands in search of more opportunity is a common theme. Well now Howard has reached a point where he is giving serious consideration to moving back to Aruba.
Seeing as it is currently winter for most of you listening I am sure you are also wishing you could move to Aruba. While the constant 86 degree and breezy weather is a huge plus, Howard’s reason for contemplating a return to his home is different. Any day now he is expecting the birth of his first child.
Anyone with open eyes and a bit of common sense realizes the way children grow up on Aruba is different than in major metropolitan areas. Children kicking the soccer ball around on the beaches or enjoying nature is a sharp contrast to the Xbox and PlayStation culture common in the United States and other areas of the world. Part of that has to do with our weather not being anything close to what Aruba has to offer. Another part has to do with us forgetting to pay attention to how beautiful this world we live in truly is. The rest has to do with a misguided belief that because people have so much darn money these days we need to spend it on “stuff”. Howard hopes to avoid falling into that trap by relocating back to the island to raise his son in a culture that values experiences over things.Details