So after two years of living full-time in Mexico my first set of friends have made the move that everyone else says they ‘wish’ they were brave enough to do. Coming to Mexico in your thirties with only a few pesos in your pocket can be a tough haul but when I speak to those in their fifties or sixties, most say they wish they’d made the move sooner. It’s harder because we don’t have pensions or much in the way of savings and it’s not the easiest place to make a living. But you reconsider what it means to ‘make a living’ and Mexico can reset your priorities back to simpler times.
Gone are whole isles of shopping I don’t need anymore. Whole department stores that I don’t have to stop at on my way home from work just to get a shopping fix. (Good-bye Winner’s) Gone is the constant need to update the throw pillows in my bedroom, and the guest room and the living room and the tv room and on the outdoor patio. And don’t get me started on my need to buy shoes or purses…
Sometimes the challenges can get you down. Most of us who have lived here more than six months have faced an issue or two that tests our will to remain. It took me about 6 months to stop asking “Why?” and just go with the flow. My son still laments about returning to Canada but, in all honesty, he never asks for ‘things’ anymore. He doesn’t need the newest, fastest, biggest of anything any longer. Plus he speaks Spanish now and that’s just so cool. It’s a cliché but this is character building whether he likes it or not.
So when my friends got off the plane all wide-eyed and excited to begin this new chapter of their lives, it reminded me just how excited I was when I arrived. And how much my life has changed in these two years. Without a doubt, I am still in love with this country but a fresh set of eyes helps to reaffirm my decision.