Letting Go of Materialism for a Simple Lifestyle in Mexico April 26
Letting Go of Materialism for a Simple Lifestyle in Mexico
Picture your lifestyle as a big olâ€™ yellow Walla Walla Sweet onion. The roots are the part that is actually based on your survival needs. The juicy, semi-sweet bulb is all the stuff you CHOOSE to includeâ€”your preferences. The top part isâ€¦ well, we donâ€™t need that part.
Materialism is so deeply ingrained in our first-world onion that it is hard to let goâ€”while still in the north. Label your onion â€œmaterialistic.â€
Now picture your onion in Mexico.
This new onion has decided to live or retire in Mexico and it is wearing sunscreen and sunglasses. Does it have a beer in its hand? Or maybe a freshly squeezed grapefruit juice? This onion is thinner, but obviously has been relaxing more. This onion is forgetting about â€œthe rat race.â€ This onion hasnâ€™t been getting by on burgers purchased in a drive-through and double shot low fat lattes.
Materialism is coming away from your lifestyle one thin layer at a time; one experience at a time.
While still in the north, we talk a lot about having a less materialistic lifestyle, but find it very hard to get out from under its pervasive influence. Everywhere we turn there are cool gadgets to use in the kitchen, faster and better electronic devices to play with, fancy new low-fat foods to consume.
“You asked me to tell you how I liked the book and I do really like it. It should be required reading for anybody planning on going to Mexico.
“I am astounded at how little the general population of the US know about our southern neighbor. I am no exception. When I made my first trip to central Mexico It was so different from my preconceived idea of what it was, I began reading everything I could about the country. The more I visited it, and learned about it the more I loved it.
“And, by the way, you should write more. You are an excellent writer. You have a knack for using the correct word and I love your sense of humor.
In Mexico, your experiences will help you to let go of materialism in many ways. This is mostly because of the fact that life in Mexico is not normal life. IN NORMAL LIFE NOBODY EVER PEELS AN ONION! We chop, slice, and roast them, but we donâ€™t peel them down to their hearts layer by layer. It takes some pretty unusual circumstances to make us actually PEEL our lifestyle onion. Mexico provides plenty of unusual experiences.
Once you retire in Mexico you end up having to get by with less stuff. Eventually you find you donâ€™t miss or want that stuff you were getting by without. In other words, you have to peel your onionâ€¦ then you end up liking it better that way.
SEE “THE COST OF LIVING IN MEXICO DEPENDS ON YOUR LIFESTYLE” FOR A DESCRIPTION OF 3 LIFESTYLE LEVELS WITH GENERAL COST ESTIMATES. Sometimes you canâ€™t have something because itâ€™s not sold here (low fat soy milk). Sometimes you canâ€™t have something because it would require a major remodel or re-wiring of your house and itâ€™s just not that important (a bath tub, a microwave). Sometimes the Mexican version doesnâ€™t suit your idea of what you want (an open-topped barbeque with no grill; a wooden-armed, uncomfortable couch). Sometimes you decide your house is just too small anyway. Besides, if you got the couch or a carpet youâ€™d have to buy a vacuum cleaner. â€¦And in order to keep the vacuum cleaner youâ€™d have to remodel the house to add closetsâ€¦
At the same time, you can have anything you want if you are willing to put in enough time, perseverance, and money. If you have a fat enough budget, you wonâ€™t have to peel your onion very deeply. If you are earning in pesos, youâ€™ll be peeling your onion right down to the heart.
No matter how fat your budget, the cool thing about retiring in Mexico is that it forces you to make conscious choices about the lifestyle you wish to maintain here. Because so many things arenâ€™t readily available or cost more than they would back in the US, you have to decide if they are really worth it.
There will be a few things that you decide you definitely donâ€™t want to remove from your lifestyle, but many others that you decide to peel off.
In addition to thinking ahead about the kind of lifestyle you would like to have in Mexico, it is also important to have some transition strategies in mind before you live or retire in Mexico.
One of the joys when you live or retire in Mexico is the amount of time that you can spend outside. See “Live or Retire in Mexico and Enjoy a More Outdoors Lifestyle.”
Receiving Social Security Payments When you Retire in Mexico (U.S. citizens)
What Do Other Expats Have to Say About Retiring in Mexico?
Learn from real people’s retirement experiences as told to home-sweet-mexico’s author in exclusive interviews. Here is the first of a series of articles on inspiring expats.
Two U.S. expats moved from Ecuador to Mexico:
“Deb and I are approaching retirement age but not ready yet to give up the stimulation we’ve grown accustomed to in the U.S. We both hope to stay active, either through work or volunteering, as part of our future life-style in Mexico. That will require a certain amount of integration into the culture that we’ll find ourselves.” Click Here to read more…
An expatriate lifestyle is enriching, but not easy. Youâ€™ll enjoy this semi-retired couple’s viewpoint on picking up and hauling off to a new country.
As I browse the net for information on living in Mexico, Mexico Connect always interests me the most. They have real articles written by real people about real experiences in Mexico. You can enjoy their site at www.mexconnect.com. If you are really serious about moving to Mexico, their forums is unequaled for contact with real people who share their personal knowledge and experiences about Mexico.
Oaxaca may be the place for you if you are thinking about retiring or spending part of the year in Mexico. This is a web site created by Shawn Haley who is trained as an Anthropologist and an Archaeologist and has conducted field research in many parts of the United States and Canada as well as in Peru, Guatemala, Ecuador, and Mexico. He has recently retired as Head of Anthropology at Red Deer College in central Alberta, Canada.
An inspirational online magazine for men and women over 50, packed with great ideas and information.
To read interviews of expatriates living and working in Mexico go to Expat Interviews.
The transition from working person to retired person is a large one. The transition from residence in the U.S. or Canada to residence in Mexico is even larger! If you want to live or retire in Mexico, you are not only planning to move, but planning to experience a whole new lifestyle. This change takes action and commitment. You might enjoy SecondActLiving.com a web site that helps people turn “happily ever after” into “right now.”
An American-Irish expatriate couple share their Greek island experience by offering lodging and information including maps and photos. They provide content and links for Paros, the Cyclades, Greece and> the world of living abroad. Learn more at: www.ParosParadise.com
Expats Reunite is a useful site for all expats. It includes an international job section, a free name search to find lost friends and you can play the UK lottery from anywhere in the world.