6 Years of Living in Mexico

Don't let the title scare you, this will not be a recounting of the last six years of my life, I promise! October 10th 2003 I boarded my flight to Cancun from Toronto thinking I would be returning to start again in Canada. I had no idea that I would be starting a whole new life in a different country, this was just supposed to be a vacation! One thing led to another and here I am six years later, happy and calling Mexico "home".

I'm a much healthier person than I was six years ago, about 25-30 pounds lighter, no anti-depressant medication, no heavy drinking and overall a much more positive person. I'm a mom! That's probably the biggest difference, sometimes I wonder if the changes in myself are a result of the move, or of becoming a mother or a strange combination of the two. I've got patience like I never had, running the rat race in the big city and the "now, now, yesterday!" kind of life didn't allow for a lot of "ni modo" that is required for living here (and having a four year old).

I'm stronger physically and more mature emotionally. I explore and have adventures, snorkeling and zip lining and crawling through caves. I faced the language challenge (and continue to face it!), and have reached the point where I can accomplish just about anything I want or need to in Spanish. I forgive myself for mistakes, that's a Mexico development, I loved beating myself up over the smallest of things before the move.

Life here is not perfect, it's certainly not for everyone. For me, I certainly see the problems here, just as I saw the problems in Toronto and small town Canada. I just cannot allow them to become my focus or I will wither away. I feel lucky in many ways to be here, to have some terrific friends and a wealth of nature at my doorstep. I feel blessed by my family. I'm proud of the way my life has changed for the better and feel that for me personally, in my own experience, the positives of living here outweigh the negatives.

So, thank you Mexico, thank you family, thank you friends, I am happy to be celebrating six years of a new life, a new home and a new me.

Comments

What a lovely post. I am so glad you had so many positive things happen to you. It just goes to show that we never know what the future will bring.
regards,
Theresa
Refried Dreamer said…
congratulations on your anniversary! You've accomplished so much in those 6 years! with a kid! Kudos to you.

You are my inspiration.
jennifer rose said…
Happy Mexican re-Birthday!
Brenda said…
We crossed into Mexico on October 10th to; except it was in 2005. Mexico has been good to us.
Mic said…
As one of your regular blog readers, I feel so fortunate you made the choices you did and share the experience with us online.

Wish I knew how to add my little "You Go, Girl !!!" icon here :-)
Ale said…
Oh dear K, that is the true joy of being alive. You are truly blessed indeed.
Big hugs :)
CancunCanuck said…
Theresa- Thank you, I do feel lucky in so many ways. I suspect that Canadian Thanksgiving had me waxing grateful, but I meant every word. :)

Refried Dreamer- Hello! Was checking out your blog last night, what a great life you have, sweet kids! I appreciate your kind words so much, I hope you are having a terrific journey of your own. I'll stay tuned in to your blog! (Will be updating my blog roll soon and you're on the list to add!)

Jennifer Rose- Why thank you, I should have had a cake and blown out some candles I guess! Or a piñata, I've never had my own piñata. :)

Brenda- Happy Mexicoversary to you too! Glad it's all good for you, greetings to you and Roy. :)

Mic- Thank you kind lady, I can envision the "you go girl" icon and it's appreciated! Right back atcha. :)

Ale- Hugs to you amiga, thank you so much. I should have added that I am blessed by great readers and virtual friends too, I feel lucky in so many ways.
Matt Swift said…
I was disappointed that you never came back, but I'm glad to see that you seem a hundred times better off down there. the self-improvements you've seen are priceless, not to mention escaping six Canadian winters...
Paul said…
What a great post! So much wisdom captured in so few words. I (and I am guessing the rest of your many readers) am so proud of you. Keep having fun, paying attention and writing.
Kelly said…
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Kelly said…
Congratulations! This was a great, uplifting post. Mexico may have its problems (like everywhere else) but it sure seems to soothe a lot of souls if people let it...I know it does when I'm there...or going there...or thinking about it...

Cheers!
On Mexican Time said…
Felicidades for making it thus far! A true Cancunessa! LOL!! Also, I can't even imagine you 30 pounds heavier - you look GREAT!

Anyways, I hope I can write a similar blog post when I reach 6 years!!!
Sara said…
Congrats on your six years! That is great. I wonder if I will make it to six years in Chile. It's been almost 2...
paul nj said…
I HEAR YA,I LIVE IN CANCUN 3 MONTHS OUT OF THE YEAR,IT HELPS ME RECONNECT
ON WHAT LIFE IS REALLY ALL ABOUT!!!
jackieinpdx said…
Good for you! It’s wonderful to hear how your life has positively changed. Being a mom is a tough job and a life changing one at that.
CancunCanuck said…
Matt- You are so sweet and definitely one of the things I miss about Toronto. I am beyond happy that we've been able to maintain our long distance friendship, it means the world to me, thank you. I think you and I have both seen some big changes over these years, all for the best. :)

Paul- Thank you so much, your comment means a lot to me. I'm still having a ball, busier than ever these days, just need to get back in the blog groove and keep on writing!

Kelly- Thanks girl. Yes, there are problems everywhere as you said, but I agree that this place is very good to a lot of people.

On Mexican Time- Why thanks amiga, carrying those extra 30 lbs was hard work, haha, glad to be rid of them. Here's wishing you many more years of happiness in Mexico!

Sara- Two years is well on your way to six, the theory here is if you can last six months, you can last as long as you desire. Keep rocking Chile!

Paul nj- Lucky you, three months here! It is a place to put life in perspective, refresh and return to your life north of border with a whole new outlook.

jackie- Thanks amiga! Yes, being a mom has probably changed me the most, and while it's the toughest job I've ever had, it's given me more rewards than anything else I've done in my life.
paul nj said…
keep the info coming when im not at my condo (lahia) your info and news helps me think of the white BEACHES!!!
Andy Mooers said…
Enjoy your blog. Found it by going in to top blogs and voila..your's was there top and center! Great job!
CancunCanuck said…
paul- Oooh, Lahia, a lovely spot waaaaay out there away from the hustle bustle, lucky! :)

Andy- Thanks so much for the kind words, much appreciated! Hope you stick around. :)

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