Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Decision Has Been Made, Now What?

So, I am taking the plunge and moving to Mexico with my beagle. I had finally made the decision after much thought and consideration and was starting to tell people. I remember starting to test it out on people that did not know me very well, like my massage therapist and my hairdresser. I think I was testing the water……gauging reactions. But mostly, I think starting to say it loud, made it real for me.

Most of my friends and family thus far have been very supportive and thrilled for me. In fact, many of my friends were not surprised to hear that I was moving to Mexico as it had been a dream of mine to live there for several years and become fluent in the language. I think the thing that surprised people the most was that I had fallen in love….and better yet, with a Mexican man. *insert gasp here*.

In addition to the wonderfully supportive comments about my intended move to Mexico, predictably, I received some “not-so-supportive” reactions. I think the all-time best one was, and I quote, “You realize that Mexico is a 3rd world country, right???” And then there were those that did not even acknowledge or comment on the move at all. Perhaps they thought saying nothing was better than saying what they really wanted to say. Or maybe they thought I had gone temporarily insane and were hoping I would snap out of it? Who knows……..all, I knew was that I was excited, scared, anxious, and every other emotion one can possibly fathom. At the end of the day, I was really hoping people would support me and my decision, regardless of their own judgments.


Of course, I am scared, anxious and under no disillusion my life will be some happily ever after fairy tale. It is going to be a huge adjustment, I will dearly miss my friends and family and there are major cultural differences that I will have to deal with in both my day to day life and my relationship. All I know is that I have never felt like this before, life is short and I am going to follow my heart and go for it! I also know that I do not want to have regrets in my life. I want to enjoy every moment that this new adventure brings my way.

7 comments:

Mexico "Way" said...

There are always haters and there are always haters on both sides of the fence. Don't let it bother you or influence your personal decision.

Mucha suerte!

New Beginnings said...

Thanks very much! It bothered me in the beginning but not anymore as now I realize that it usually has something to do with their own issues and discomfort about things "outside of the box".

Brenda said...

Your new life will be what you make it. Keep an open mind and an open heart and things will go fine. There will be frustrations along the way; but when in life isn't there?
We moved from Canada to Guaymas about 2 1/2 yrs. ago and haven't regretted it. Life is different; but it is good.

New Beginnings said...

Thanks Brenda - you are absolutely right. I checked out your blog and see you are also from Alberta! I have added your blog to my list and look foward to reading it.

mexpat said...

LOL! My favorite when we told people we were moving was "Why don't you just move to (insert town with large hispanic population)?" Uh..... 'cause it's not Mexico?!? Can't wait to read more about your adventure. Lucky you to have a Mexican novio- your Spanish should be awesome in no time!

New Beginnings said...

Mexpat - love it! That is so typical. People have such a skewed view of Mexico which usually involves their one week vacation to some place that is nothing like "real" Mexico. Ahhhh......I am counting down the days........

etienne roets said...

I decided I wanted to read all of your blog posts from the start of your journey, because me and my wife are planning to move to Manzanillo. I am very intrested to see your point of views of the city and livestyle in Mexico. we currently live in Houston,Tx.