I remember feeling a little guilty when we left the states. We were leaving behind many friends who were working their asses off, trying to keep things together, trying to save for their retirements. It didn’t seem “fair”. Dave had to remind me that they could leave too. There were lots of people who came here when we did who were living on social security. (I think it is harder to do that now as the cost of living in parts of Mexico, especially in San Miguel de Allende has risen.)
Ten years ago we seemed to be farther away from America than we are now. We were living more in the present. We always kept up with the news, but not the way we are now.
Now it seems that everyone is glued to CNN, and CNBC, and Google News reports, etc etc. The details of the presidential race are discussed constantly in the streets here. The state of affairs in the states is affecting the entire world. The outcome of the race is on all of our minds. Most of us care deeply and are helping out in some way and do not feel immune to the state of affairs up north.
Yes, we’ve escaped the fast-paced life that leaves little space for relationships and the constant barrage of consumerism and competition. But, we care deeply.