How safe is Mexico?
On one of my favorite blogs today: “Proactively do things that scare you. Things that push you, by definition, move you forward.”
Well we are not planning to sail to Pantagonia like the authors of the blog, but moving our family from “safe little” Val-David to “big dangerous” Mexico definitely fits. It is something that we were naturally scared of before coming, yet it is true that we have moved far forward. In the beginning we were nervous to move around, to explore new areas and even to drive on new streets in our little town of Cuyutlan. It is the unknown that makes us naturally nervous.
Every day of this trip has brought us more peace of mind. It is a beautiful country with beautiful people. The danger of Mexico that we are warned about comes from two sources: 1) the drug war 2) the corruption that is rampted in the government meaning that if something did happen you can’t rely on the system. Both of these keep to themselves and have little to zero interest in the tourist industry or the average mexican. I feel the danger here is similar to anywhere else I have traveled and yes – yes that includes canada. I have a very logical way of thinking (as someone with a math degree, I rely a lot on statistics!), but as a mom, I rely a lot on gut feeling. If both the stats and the gut feeling are saying its ok, then it is a go! We are only as safe as we wish to believe.
We now choose to believe that we are very safe when traveling around Mexico. In our 7 months of traveling this country, we have never once felt threatened or unsafe. This is what brought us to decide to come to Guadalajara for 3 days of tourist fun despite the events of last week. I could try to explain myself, but don’t think I will. Just let me say that I would not put my kids into a situation where I felt we were at any kind of higher-than-usual risk for being victims of violence. No matter what has come before, the future is always untold. It is up to us to make what we want of it!