One must know an international change means adventure. Moving to Mexico, specifically Mineral de Pozos, nine years ago, I considered the change to be historic and storybook. I recall sitting anywhere in my new residence, a miracle. The sounds of the birds, lots of birds, unusual. The burros whining at night, strange. The peacock making the most annoying noise, well, irritating. The junkers wobbling down the cobblestone, perhaps for the last time. All of it, waking senses I had never known. The beginning of a strange transformation.
Mineral de Pozos, or simply Pozos, sits on a river. Rivers mean movement in whatever form. I felt movement. Altering from what I knew of my somewhat perfect life in the USA, to this remarkable and challenging environment in authentic Mexico. Noticing new sounds, experiencing sweeping blue skies, fresh air full of bees and hummingbirds. Trash pick-up goes back in time with no standardization. The town loudspeaker announces to the people what needs to be conveyed, no newspaper exists. If your new baby needs vaccines, everyone knows it. Privacy has no boundaries here. Is it daunting? It can be for sure. Letting go and paradigm shifts are not easy. Applying American standards in Mexico is not at all useful or recommended unless you like to be in a constant state of distress.
Bob Marley said ‘the stone that the builder refused, will be the head cornerstone’. So true. What we resist shall persist. I am learning in spades. To be clear, the definition of insanity is doing more of the same (someone brilliant quoted this but not sure who). I moved to Mineral de Pozos and Mexico to learn Spanish, get my kids away from the MAC store addiction, and to explore all of the stuff I had never yet experienced. I just took the leap. And so did my kids. Now I feel content, they are internationally minded entrepreneurs. A miracle I manifested. This was/is my only goal in coming here. The world needs creative, open-minded, adventurous souls, now more than ever.
Of course, I do consider myself to be an outspoken renegade of sorts and too old to try and couch who I am in any other package. The saga continues. The learning curve has leveled out. And, I do not regret any of it. I can help others on their journeys, living here, and understanding how to live in Mexico and allow the shifts required to enjoy the sunshine, the warm culture, the nuances of the people, the fabulous cuisine and great walks in the desert with mountain views.
Whether you rent or buy property, the adventure is the same. If you are not up for change and appreciating who you may become, stay put. If you want more information or just a conversation, shoot me an email. You can read a quick post on the basics to start you thinking and check out the easy Visa requirements to be informed on crossing the border.