Then: A rollicking decade of adventure, misadventure and social activism in Oaxaca, Mexico, in living Technicolor. Not without its challenges — if I thought living in Mexico would make me a more patient person, I was woefully mistaken — but with so many little joys and wonders that added up to a great big life lived large. My Spanish and social sensibilities blossomed; I never did learn to salsa dance. Can’t move only my bottom half.
Now: A cultural anomaly, returned to Texas in the face of the pandemic, with too much time on my hands and a head on fire trying to make sense of it all. Like my small but satisfying way of contributing by volunteering as a translator guide for the women’s microfinance organization En Vía in Oaxaca, I’m burning to contribute in this chaos. What I know how to do — what I want to do — is write.
Changed: Country, language, lifestyle and wardrobe – again. Not so much my worldview this time; it got changed a decade ago.
Kept: My increased tribe of like-minded friends, now dotting the globe, and my now bi-cultural viewpoint. I hope I can keep a sense of humor. And I’ve let my hair go back to its now natural color; after paying for blonde highlights for the past 30 years, who knew it was dark brown? With silver strands.
What I love about Waco: the Brazos River and its suspension bridges; Mexican restaurants, markets and taco stands (the Chamber of Commerce says the city is 50% Hispanic); friendly people on the streets and in stores; a budding art scene; and my new little house here.
One of my earliest acquaintances here said, in all earnestness: “Susana, to survive in Mexico, you’ve just got to embrace the chaos.” Did it for 10 years in Mexico, no clue when I’ll be able to return. I just locked up my apartment there and left. But in a post-covid 19 world which arrived overnight, it still applies. We’ve got to embrace the frigging chaos to survive it.
6 thoughts on “Embracing the Chaos, Post-Covid 19”
Am anxious to follow your blog. Hope all is good for you. Lorenzo
Yes lets catch up soon!
This will be fun. Power to you! Embrace the chaos.
You are the best writer, and I’m thrilled you are going to share your ongoing adventures in Mexico with the rest of us!
Looking forward to your blog. I love your story and have shared it several times to people on the cusp of new lives. It’s never too late to “Embrace the Chaos.”
Love this, your writing, your insights and your humor.