“We celebrate death because we are not afraid”
The place where I grew up is a living postcard. Yes, the Mexico we are told about is a land so far from God that justice has never made an appearance. The news always talk about “corruption” “oppression” “murder” “cartels”. The old stereotype of the sleepy Mexican under a sombrero couldn’t be further from the truth. Most people work very hard, and long hours, too. Despite everything you hear, Mexico is a great place, it will make you appreciate life.
Today, I want to share with you the place I remember and love so much, my roots. I come from a magical place, full of colors, flavors, sounds, traditions, passion, art, music, celebrations, and culture. A dear friend from Peru once told me, “I don’t understand why Mexicans want to leave.” I don’t understand either. One thing I can assure you, once you’ve been to Mexico, you will keep going back. Mexicans have a different set of values that are pretty much extinct everywhere else. People say “buenos dias” they smile at you, kids play on the street, random people will invite you to have dinner at their home and make you feel like old time friends. We are family oriented, passionate about everything, people dance on the plaza on a regular Sunday night. We are a blend of many cultures, and we embrace that. We greet with a tight hug and kiss. We celebrate death because we are not afraid. Everyone is welcome into our country; Asians, Europeans, Muslims, South Americans and Gringos, because we have a positive attitude and spirit.
Loud laughter, spontaneous friends and plans. The food, not only is the street food delicious, traditional Mexican food is part of the UNESCO World Heritage! Mexico has jungles, mountains, volcanoes, snow, forests, almost everything you can imagine. It is not all cacti and dessert (except in Juarez where I grew up). The sense of humor, albures, we have a very agile mind to turn everything into a dirty joke. The parties are always massive and everyone is invited, the hangover cures are the most effective and delicious. The spicy hot snacks will build you a strong digestive system, we are immune to food poisoning. Our unique indigenous heritage and transcendental Mesoamerican empires. The Temple of Kukulcan, is the center of the Chichen Itza archaeological site in the state of Yucatán, which is one the 7 wonders of the world.
Of course, Mexico isn’t perfect. Just like everywhere, it has its problems. There’s income disparity, obesity and lack of opportunity in many rural areas, and yes, drug trafficking, the corruption and violence are major problems of the country. If you don’t give Mexico the chance to show you how amazing it is, then you are wasting your time in this planet.
I love you Mexico. I’m very lucky to have you in my veins. Thank you for all the things you give, for your nature, your people, your food. I still believe in you, in your restless power. Those white collar thieves can’t take away your revolutionary and kind spirit. Keep moving, keep fighting, no matter how tall the walls are, you always find a way to break them. It won’t matter any place in the world that we end up moving to, us Mexicans will always dream of the day we go back. All because we are madly in love with you.