Living in a place or eternal summertime, it can be hard to be productive all the time. I blame two things: the weather, and pretending that technology helps to streamline things. Sure, having the A/C helps, a lot, but electricity is expensive here, and I always feel guilty for using it since it zaps up a ton of energy. Then there are apps, e-calendars and email that allow us to connect to everyone, everything all the time and are there to make life easier and happier. Technology is addictive, and it can at times feel like being handcuffed to your beautifully designed BFF. And then when the internet, or the computer crashes, oh boy! It is relentless.
The only solution is to break away from it all from time to time, engaging in the ol’ school lifestyle of only connecting face to face, and inflicting self-discipline. No TV, no Send button, no Reply All, no hashtags. It seems ridiculous that it would be hard to do, especially for grown adults.
The best part of living in Mexico is that there are plenty of opportunities to let your hair down and declutter your life. Mexico has a lot to offer, in terms of wholesome frills, smells, flavors, sounds and colors to keep you entertained. You don’t need gadgets and gizmos.
Most places are open till late, or never close at all, so you can easily avoid the midday sun. Head out to any part in or out of town, and you will see people genuinely having a great time. I never hear people shouting or fighting in the streets, and no one -once they are out and about- is stressed. Plus, there are a bounty of locations to just sit and people watch, as well as try delicious food.
Sometimes, the only tool you need is to step out and do something new and have a moment to be sans-technology. That way when you go back to your e-BFF you will already be in your happy place - or you will at least be a little more productive for having disconnected.