"Wherever you go, there you are."
The biggest issue related to a move to any "end of the rainbow" location is knowing yourself.
9 out of 10 people who move here from up north are "pulling a geographic". They are folks who think that living someplace fantastic will fix them and make them happy. Belize is pretty wonderful, but it's no substitute for therapy, AA, marriage counseling or Prozac. Ergo - 9 out of 10 are gone within a year, often leaving a string of financial and social disasters behind them.
When you move to Belize you pass from a transient (if you are annoying the locals put up with it and smile since you will be gone shortly) to a resident (if you are annoying you are now an ongoing problem).
That passage sets you in a temporary social limbo whilst locals and longer-term transplants determine several things ......
1. Are you running from the law
2. What portion of the stories you tell about yourself are true?
3. Are you going to disolve into booze and drugs and sleep with other people's spouses
4. Do you pay your bills (on time)
5. Are you going to spend a lot of time trying to "instruct" the rest of us on how things are done "up there" (we already know, which is why we are here, not there).
Be patient with the orientation process and get in touch with nature and yourself. Slow down, quiet down and develop personal discipline. Show an interest in other people rather than trying to establish your position in some social pecking order. When you learn to respect the country for what it is - a real country, with real issues, real people and real needs, then you can call it home. Don't be afraid to make a few mistakes - if you make a mistake, learn from it and make amends, that will be noticed and greatly appreciated.
I remember a comment made about moving to a small town in New England - "It's a place where you are a stranger for 5 minutes, and a newcomer for 30 years."