HuaracheSol is all about stories, culture, travel and everything Mexico but also includes a bonus. The bonus is that you get to see my journey. I’ll bring you along as I accomplish my dream of someday moving to Mexico.
So let’s get started: Let’s begin with my mental hang-ups.
Here are the things going through my mind right now as I begin the process of getting my Mexican citizenship.
What if I don’t’ like it? What if my wife hates it? What about the cartels? What about the Zika virus? Is it unpatriotic? How’s the internet? What about Healthcare? When will I move? What will I do about work? Where will we move to? What if it’s not what I imagined? What if?
I don’t know any of the answers yet.
But to give this a chance, I’ve decided to “try” and have no attachments or expectations. It’s kinda impossible given my familiarity with Mexico but I’ll go into this with an open mind.
What I do know is that I live in the US and I’m grateful. I have a good career. My kids love their school and I still have my college debt to repay.
The media, my friends and colleagues tell me that I’m lucky to live here. I’m told I live in the greatest country on earth. Nobody should ever want to leave, right? What’s even crazier is that I was born in Mexico but have been in the US since I was 3 months old. So I’m actually from there, sort of.
Here’s my first realization; I originally thought the logistical nature of moving to Mexico was going to be the most challenging but it’s not.
It’s the psychological “move” that’s already giving me trouble.
I’m finding out that the mental game is what makes people hesitate and never make the leap.
Because we can convince ourselves of anything—good or bad.
But like I said, I’m going to shelf these preconceptions and just let it play out and I’ll document it as best I can on here.
As I write this, I’m just grateful I have mentors like @katieogrady and others who are ahead of me. They put my mind at ease because they prove that I am not crazy and that this is even possible.