I'm living in Mexico for most of the time this year.
Last year, I went through an arduous, expensive, invasive process to get my temporary residency card. I was patient throughout, looking at it as a real life experience, street cred for my global citizen persona.
I realized yesterday that I have been reading the expiration date wrong on my residency card. It says 11/07/2017. November, right?
Wrong. In Mexico the day comes first, the month second.
sh*t. My permission to be here expired last month.
Its so odd, this is one of the details I thought I was being so careful about, and its the exact thing I was trying to avoid. This is sort of common in the human experience. Why is that? If you know, please tell me.
Obviously there is some lesson in this that I am meant to experience.
Here's the thing - I've been practicing for several years now trying to accept all news as objective and not judge it as good or bad. This, on the surface, is potentially "bad" - Its going to be expensive, regardless of the outcome. I've signed a lease on an apt here. Sergio is here. My "life" is here in a manner of speaking. Mexico can kick me out and require me to stay out.
That is what would happen in the US - we have a Mexican friend with a family member that lived and worked for years legally in the US, she is a teacher. She let her visa expire by 3 months and the US kicked her out for 5 years. It is her attorney I'm meeting with today to see what my options are.
I actually slept well last night and I'm happy to report, too, that after the initial sick feeling, my mind jumped more readily to the positive aspects - at least I didn't discover this while going through immigration at the airport. I have a good referral to an attorney here. And worse case, if I do have to leave to restart the whole process, Sergio has a home for a few months - we aren't bopping around in air BnBs anymore. Cross your karma fingers for me.
Immediate take-aways. If you want to live the least bit outside the box, limit your possessions and stay flexible.
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