This whole week I’ve been at a conference, hundreds of miles from home, and with a bunch of smart, forward-thinking people. A youngish, educated, creative crowd, many well traveled. I thought I’d take advantage of asking what they thought of the concept of becoming expats in Mexico. I told them about Mérida, and none had heard of it.
We haven’t talked about this with our close friends at home. Part of the reason is to inoculate ourselves from embarrassment if this all falls through. Not that our friends would say “I told you so,” but … they probably would.
So here was my chance to vet the idea with a fresh crowd of people, many I’ve just met, some I’ve known slightly for years. I was shocked that the uniform response was a vaguely stunned expression. I’m guessing it’s because I’m asking people in their 20s and 30s, not in their late 40s or 50s … and they’re in a different mental and emotional “place” right now. Maybe today I’ll target people my age and older.
Who cares what they think, anyway. We’ve researched this over and over, up, down and sideways. I’m confident this is a good idea. And a creative group of people should have a little more imagination than this!
Postscript: I was the only person in his 40’s at a trivial pursuit game last night. It was a fund-raiser, and we played in teams of five or so. When a question came up having to do with Woodward and Bernstein’s book about Watergate, all eyes went to me and my teammates leaned forward. And I blanked! The old guy was expected to know the ’70s answer, and flopped. Hey, I was only 7 or so what that hit!