Mexico. It was supposedly going to be a short trip, one that I could drive and be back in a few weeks; clear my head and return energized. After two deaths in our family circle one right after another, it seemed like the right thing to do at the time.
Learning early in life that things never go as planned, I take changes easily, so this is my story of enlightenment that I found along the way.
Long before I had even left for my trip the sorrow had dripped through the entire family, leaving a wake of helplessness. As I tired to gather not only my own thoughts, but the things needed for the trip. I filled the car for the three day drive/journey to Mexico as I had done countless times before, leaving something behind wasn't even on my mind.
As I gripped the wheel in exhaustion, I could finally draw in a sigh. As the miles passed behind in my rear view mirror each painted yellow line kept time in my mind, solid or broken, I didn't blink. Another needlessly placed highway sign just blurred in my burning red tail lights, I had no time-line, and no plane or train to catch... it's easy to go when you simply press on the gas.
I was not running from responsibility, but gathering my children to strengthen their minds, as well as my own after a long break from newsvine. As the miles went by very quickly, and as I passed each state to tip my hat to the next one in front of me, POOF... we were in Mexico.
The gentle breeze of Baja can be intoxicating, bringing in migratory birds, and sea life that would bring tears to your eyes. Speechless in all of its glory and with each rise and fall of the sun, you stand, sit, or fall to your knees and ask yourself many questions. While the answers find there way in and are sometimes too simple to comprehend, you still find solace that you are being heard and finding wholeness.
Over the years we have met many beautiful people in Mexico. Ones that give their lives to improving others that are not so lucky. Or others were donating their land to the conservation of wildlife and or plant life. You see the desert is not a dry unforgiving wasteland, it is such a vast arena of life in all colors of any landscape, you simply need to go outside of the box of tourist land and see the real Mexico.
So fellow newsviners life has gone on and all the while as the nasty politicians have been slinging mud or fabricating lies to keep their heads afloat... Life in Mexico went on, life was good and I have seen my ship come in... But much bigger, and stronger than before.
No matter where you lay your head tonight, we are all but mere humans struggling inside while hoping for Peace on the outside. Fairness is what makes us human, compassion makes us whole and forgiveness to life's imperfections just makes us love life even more so.
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