We have exactly 1 more week left here in Ajijic, Mexico. It is hard to believe that 4 months have gone by. The winter season has ended and spring is upon us, even in upstate New York and Chicago!
I wouldn’t have felt this way last year, the year before, but this year being our 3rd winter, I am sad to see it end. Being a crab, a true Cancerian, I am a clinger. It may take me a while, but then I get comfortable. I hate change and everything about it, though I have advised others that they must go with the flow and adapt. It doesn’t mean I heed my own advice!
Being an ex-pat, one has a common bond right off the bat with people who think like you do. They have jumped off the diving board into cold unfamiliar water, not sure what to expect. They are out of the box thinkers, probably protested during the Vietnam War years, marched for women’s rights, knew every Joan Baez, James Taylor, and Peter, Paul and Mary song! We have gravitated towards people who march to the beat of their own drum, don’t care what other’s think, and are confident in their own skin. We have met people from Oregon, California, and Florida, all unique and wonderful in their own right. They are our peeps in Ajijic and, now, for the first time, because time is what you have a lot of, we have gotten to know them. We are no longer rushing for trains, rushing to get home to make dinner, helping with home work, paying bills, crashing into our beds at 10 while watching the nightly news. We have quality time every day to form relationships, bonds with other human beings. How very fortunate we are and blessed to have found this little paradise filled with free spirits!
So, as we prepare to go back upstate, return to the U.S. for summer and fall, we say thank you for accepting us little village of Ajijic. We have learned to appreciate a new culture, different ways of doing things, the pace that our Mexican neighbors move, and the best margaritas for 60 pesos anywhere! (about $3 U.S. dollars!)
Hasta que nos volvamos a encontrat el ano que viene!
If you’re lucky enough to try a new country, state, city, go for it! If not now, when? Break out of your comfort zone and go for it. The friends you have from wherever you are coming from will be your friends no matter where you reside.
Thank goodness for the internet! Communication was never easier. I wrote multi page letters to my college roommates when I graduated to keep the friendships going.
Enjoy the ride
xox Barclay & Joy