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I Woke Up From A Dream And Found Myself On The Beach In The Mexican Caribbean

March 12, 2014

By Ernest O’Dell

Ever seen the movie The Shawshank Redemption?

In the film there’s a great scene where the leading characters — and life-long convicts of the harsh prison system — Andy Dufresne (played by Tim Robbins) and Red (played by Morgan Freeman) are in the prison yard.

In this particular scene Andy Dufresne tells Red of his future plans when he finally gets out of prison.

“You know where I’m goin’, Red?”


“Zihuatenejo,” he said rolling the word softly from his tongue like music.

“Down in Mexico. It’s a hundred miles north-west of Acapulco on the Pacific Ocean.”

“You know what the Mexican’s say about the Pacific? They say it has no memory. And that’s where I want to finish out my life, Red. In a warm place that has no memory.”

Andy Dufresne then goes into a dreamlike state and tells Red about his vision of his new life in Mexico.

He tells him how he’s going to have a small hotel down there…

…six cabanas along the beach…

…and how he’ll have a guy who’ll take guests out on a boat charter fishing, etc.

A place where he’ll be able to swim in the warm Ocean, get a tan, and sleep in a room with windows and space.

Then Andy puts the idea in Red’s mind that he’d be a useful man to have down in Mexico and as how he might like to think it over.

Red (a 30-year convict) surfaces from his reverie and after playing the idea through the projector of his mind, says something very poignant (and illuminating) to Andy:

“I couldn’t do it, I couldn’t get along on the outside. I’m what they call an institutionalized man now.”

This got me to thinking:

See when you think about it, most people in the world are “institutionalized” to some degree… aren’t they?

Even you?

And, heck, maybe even ME!

Sure, most people haven’t been locked away in a harsh prison system the majority of their life.

But that doesn’t stop their mind from constructing a “mental prison” around what they believe they can and cannot do in this world.

And after years of listening to their mind – most people become convinced of their limitations.

People will even tell you that their limiting beliefs are not limiting beliefs at all – they’re just a simple reality of what their lives have become…

…how sad.

And just like the character Red in The Shawshank Redemption their mind “blinds them” to even the possibility that they could be set free of those mental limitations.

If you’ve ever had the dream of a better life for yourself — and your family — then I have to ask…

What are you going to do about it?

Did you know that some of the best beaches in Mexico are just 70 minutes down the coast from Cancun?

Yep. Some are still deserted, dotted only with coconut palm trees, curious iguanas and old Mayan ruins close by.

Seabirds duck and dive overhead, squawking and calling to one another…

It’s a place of dreams… but dreams that you can obtain.

It’s a place of beauty and tranquility – azure blue water and total silence except for the roar of the surf. But it’s not just about white-sand beaches here. This region is rich in culture, history, and natural beauty. A rich jungle interior reveals Mayan ruins and exotic wildlife.

Offshore, the world’s second-longest coral reef, teeming with brightly-colored tropical fish, hugs the coastline. This coral reef attracts divers and snorkelers. Sterile, it ain’t golf, hiking, potholing in ancient caves… it’s all here.

This is Tulum, an area that understandably is starting to boom in popularity with vacationers and second homeowners alike. But the chance to own property here is limited. That’s because of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere (a nature preserve just outside Tulum), which is surrounded by wild jungle and ancient Mayan cities.

The protected biosphere reserve means that much of the land in Tulum can’t be developed. This is a natural barrier to entry and future competing supply.

The land that can be developed will only feature low-rise and low-density developments (where permitted) – there will never be a mass market sprawl down here. Tulum will remain a niche, high-end, and secluded paradise. But you won’t have to be one of the “rich and famous” to own here.

All you have to do is have the dream…

When are you going to start working on YOUR dreams?

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