Living in Mexico brings in a lot of benefits. And this time I am not just talking about the benefits for your wallet, but more about those personal experiences that you can only have by living in Mexico and experiencing its culture first-hand.
In the time that I have lived and worked in Mexico, I’ve seen many things that make this culture very special, and here I want to share some of these benefits with you…
A culture with pride
One of the things that I admire is that the people have a capitalistic sense of entrepreneurship. There are little to no free handouts in Mexico. The people use their god given talents to make a living and they pride themselves on becoming great at what they do. The Mexican people provide us with a good product and exceptional service for a fair price. That is something that a lot of the world has forgotten how to do. When a family member opens a business, the whole family pitches in to make it successful. The family spirit is alive and well in Mexico and that is a big benefit to anyone who appreciates self-ownership.
A simpler, less stressful way of life
Mexico’s way of life isn’t always fast-paced, where you have to be somewhere at the exact time requested. People here don’t worry about problems that might pop up during a task, or make sure they have the perfect tool or component to complete a project. I love the idea of cruising along at a pace that is acceptable to all involved. I enjoy watching the workers taking the time to anticipate their next move. If an obstacle happens to appear or the day doesn’t go exactly as they planned it, that’s ok: there is always tomorrow to figure out a solution. That to me is a lifestyle that should be practiced on a daily basis. Stay relaxed, because there will always be another day.
This doesn’t apply to me since I’m still working. But I’ve noticed this lifestyle in several people living in Mexico, both Mexicans and retirees, who have soaked in the relaxed culture of this country. Here it doesn’t look like anybody needs to be surrounded by technology to get through the day. People enjoy not having to answer a phone, or constantly checking their devices looking for messages. Here nobody seems to be interested in body monitors to tell them what their minute-to-minute vital signs are. People here enjoy getting up in the morning and going outside to enjoy a cup of coffee, looking up and seeing the beautiful Mexico skies, listening to the wildlife sing, and enjoying the fresh morning air. The simple things in life bring in a lot of pleasures.
Something new around every corner
If you are looking forward to new adventures, it is nice to wake up in a different town not knowing what the day will bring. Taking a walk through unfamiliar communities to see and meet new people brings you that much closer to becoming a local. Taking a colectivo or bus to a neighboring city allows you to explore and find other shops, restaurants and attractions. It draws a bit of anxiety not knowing what to expect, what you are going to see and/or how you will get back. You don’t just jump in a car that is equipped with GPS or On-Star technology to help you out with the unknown. This type of adventure will keep you alert and the blood pumping through your body. Once you get back from your adventure, a calm feeling falls over you that gives a sense of accomplishment. Exploring new places keeps your curiosity alive and your mind sharp. It also eliminates the daily mundane way of life that most of us gradually fall into.
If you come from a four-season climate and have dreamed about living somewhere that you don’t need multiple closets to house seasonal clothing, then you have selected the right country! With few exceptions, a good pair of walking shoes, flip-flops, T-shirts and shorts – maybe a few dress shirts and one pair of slacks for that special occasion, is all you really need.
Mexico’s Riviera Maya has some of the world’s most desirable weather. The scenery includes lush tropical jungles and beautiful sugar fine white sandy beaches that line up to gorgeous Caribbean waters. The palm trees sway with an inland-directed ocean breeze that provides a soothing coolness to the day’s end. It’s not unusual to be walking around and come across a small Mayan ruin… They can be found everywhere! They could be in the midst of the city or along a trail the scuttles through the jungle. All this could be within blocks of your home.
Healthy lifestyle never hurts
All the above-mentioned benefits are worthwhile when thinking out of the box. But one of the biggest advantages to living in Mexico is the healthier lifestyle. When living in a community that has everything within walking distance, there is no need for a car. Doing errands such as grocery shopping, medical appointments and entertainment outings keep you in shape by simple walking or bicycling everywhere you go. Most farmers markets offer organic grown fresh veggies and fruits, which are right alongside the preservative free meats/seafood. These items alone can lead you to a healthier diet. The combination of walking two, three or more miles a day to pick up healthier food is a wonderful formula for the longevity of life.
Obviously, things like cost of living, the strong dollar exchange to pesos, and the proximity to the United States and direct flights from Canada to Cancun are also great benefits. But those are not the only advantages to living in Mexico. You have to think about daily life and keeping yourself occupied. And we didn’t even mention the cost and quality of healthcare here. I have had a few outpatient procedures that went perfectly fine and cost me seventy percent less than back home. The dental care is excellent and the doctor appointments seem more sincere and less rushed. Safety has never been a concern and the Mexican people are some of the most friendly I have ever had the opportunity to meet.
Consider yourself a lucky person if you elect to live in Mexico!