What in the World Do You Do in Mexico?

The other day I had a delightful visit with my niece Jenn. It was one of those “catching up” sessions. I had been gone for almost 3 months to my home in Mexico. The question came up, “Aunt Wendy, what do you DO with your time down there?” After rattling off a few items to justify my existence, we moved onto other conversation. Later on I realized that this question was haunting me a bit. What DO I do down there and does this need to be justified?

To answer that question in part is to acknowledge everything that I miss when I am away from my home down south. The view of sunrises with beautiful colors and sounds of the morning, and actually taking the time to notice these; the feel of warm sand on my toes and the amazing flora and fauna that I can glimpse any time of the day. On a daily basis I encounter people who are beautiful inside and out and I acknowledge a family-oriented culture that has simplicity of life. I see really happy people when watching whole families stroll early in the mornings on the beach as a tight unit, just starting their day. I have the opportunity to eat and cook fresh every day (the way the locals do) or I can choose to eat a delectable meal at a restaurant which can range from a taco stand to a sit down restaurant with a killer view (all for an affordable price). Friendly talks with locals and store-owners that I know on a first named basis rank high on my list of appreciation. Eye to eye contact ending in smiles as I encounter strangers on the street is a standard. I relish in the acknowledgement of a slower pace of life or on the flip side of that, I have endless volunteer opportunities to take part in, with my choice being involved with the “Cancer de Mama” clinic.

The days where I have to decide whether to play pickle ball or go to my yoga class, these are simple days that rejuvenate the worn down battery. Should I swim in the ocean? Kayak to the island? The beauty that surrounds me gives me a powerful energy. Lest I not forget to mention the breathtaking sunsets that are awe-inspiring and the perfect end to the day, often accompanied by friends or family.

I let my breath out when I am in Mexico. I gain a sense of peace and fulfillment that somehow I miss in my hometown and it completes me. How can that be? Well, it is a bit hard to define but I believe it has to do with the culture that surrounds me, and their choice of a slower life. The hectic rush and fast pace that I am used to back home seems to melt away each time I go south. When I am in Mexico, I am on “Mexico time” which means that “slower” becomes the norm. Time deadlines quite often go out the window. I find myself “unplugging” from my tethers of the cell phone and computer, a lavish freedom. I ride my bike rather than drive the car; more simplicity. In a way, it all sparks memories of a simpler time of life as a child when the days flowed effortlessly.

Am I happy? Yep. Do I take time to breathe? Yep. I find that at the end of each stay I try to figure out how I can stay just a little bit longer, to delay my return north.

Recently I had a girlfriend visit me for a week. We found ourselves laughing as she referred to her stay with me as being “at the clinic.” She was in need of refreshment and that is exactly what she found in Mexico.

So Jenn, thank you for asking the question “what DO you do all day?” It has given me time to reflect. I am still not exactly sure of the full answer, but I do know that every time I am south, no matter what I am doing, the time just seems to FLY!!

by Wendy DeBoer

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12 Reviews on “What in the World Do You Do in Mexico?”

  1. :

    This year I will try Zumba, they have an advertisement in La Penita, so I will go and check it out. I arrived Oct. 4th and already the heat has warmed my old bones and there is no more pain......what a relief. For me there is no place to spend Winter but La Penita.

  2. :

    Ditto from the Baja.

  3. :

    Wendy, I have also been asked the same question by many family & friends. You have eloquently answered the question always posed to me. I hope I get to meet you in our yoga class which I devoutly attend each year for my meager five weeks in my Mexican paradise!

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    With apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) : How do I love thee Mexico? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of Being and ideal Grace. I love thee to the level of everyday's Most quiet need, by sun and beach delights. I love thee freely, as men strive for Light; I love thee purely, as I turn from Strife. I love thee with a passion put to use In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith. I love thee with a love I seem to lose Within my gringo days, --- I love thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life! --- and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better - otra vez in October ... :)

  5. :

    I've been asked the same question, over and over! What can you possibly do down there when you stay so long? Well as above there turns out , not to be enough hours in the day to enjoy the simplicity of life down in Guayabitos! I meet and talk and join in with more people down there in that time than I do for the next 9 months at home. There are so many events to join into if you want, and so many personal invites, day trips, over night trips, meeting with Mexican families and enjoying meals with them, shopping in the markets for all things fresh, cute little clothing stores, getting teeth done, drinking margaritas in the evening, long walks on the beach ,and watching the various birds steal fish from each other, enjoying watching the clean happy little kids play on sidewalks, on and on it goes! The best is I feel like Iam a little kid again in the late 50's enjoying my play time! The list goes on, and I love it . I also don't want to rush my life away, but am looking forward to being there again, feb. 1st

  6. :

    I have never met you but you have expressed my sentiments exactly. Every day is an adventure and beauty of the surroundings and we all seem to take the time to appreciate them. The Mexican sun is eclipsed only by the warmth of the locals and we love them.

  7. :

    Oh Wendy, your words really paint the prefect picture of life here. This essay is right on target with the thoughts of many of us who love this special piece of paradise. Keep writing. You have so much to share and a special gift.

  8. :

    Wow! You have written what has been in my heart and mind for the past 9 years when we first 'fell in love' with Los Ayala and the local people. Thank you for writing this article. It warms the heart.

  9. :

    I read your article and note you have the very same reasons for "doing" in Mexico as I and my husband "do". Thanks for expressing it better than I could have!! We love Mexico, and miss it when we are not there. Counting the days, til we get back.

  10. :

    I agree completely with you, I spend a little over 5 months in La Penita and time flies so fast seems like a month. My dayly routine is, eat, walk, read, sleep........and do some volunter work with the Vet. clinic, and time goes so fast it seems to be only a month. It always takes me a while to regain the hectic way of life in Quebec. Viva Mexico!!! for sun lovers.

  11. :

    Thank you, you said it all and more. Where I don't want to wish my life away, I can't wait to return next winter. Love Mexico and our many friends we have to share it all with.

    1. :

      I feel the same way, when I am there, I find the time to just....breathe, savor and decompress....6 more months and I am there!

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