Several years ago it was extremely popular to leave big cities for the relaxed life on some exotic islands. However, sometimes this downshifting presented the illusion of escape rather than moving in the right direction. Now people tend to return to civilization, and this up-shifting process should not be viewed as the crash of golden downshifter’s dream, but as a new stage of personal development.
For people milled by megalopolises downshifting seems to be the solution of all problems and the cure of all spiritual diseases. Of course, it is difficult to solve the problems of unhappy marriage, very much hated job and crazy rhyme of life one by one. It is far easier to buy a ticket, rent an apartment and leave all this mess behind. However, the joy from this escape disappears as fast as the effect of placebo medicine. Downshifting is an escape from external problems, but you will by no means run from yourself. Sitting on the beach and listening to the sounds of the sea you will face the real you, defenseless in front of your sufferings and reflection. The fact is, the laws of human society work in any place be it Manhattan or Goa. If you are not satisfied with your relations with the world, the escape will not help you much.