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What's GOOD, New Mexico?

While I don't want to compare Maryland to New Mexico, let's get real, it's all we've been doing since we arrived to set up our homestead.

"Sehnsucht (German pronunciation: [ˈzeːnˌzʊxt]) is a German noun translated as "longing", "desire", "yearning", or "craving".[1] Some psychologists use the word Sehnsucht to represent thoughts and feelings about all facets of life that are unfinished or imperfect, paired with a yearning for ideal alternative experiences.[2]" - - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sehnsucht

Sehnsucht by Oskar Zwintscher, c. 1900

Accurate! Leave it to Reddit to lead me to a Wiki page explaining something that was unexplainable when people ask us, 'Why did you leave Baltimore?'. Now I can say that it's because while living blessedly and with abundance in Baltimore, we were always experiencing a strong sense of sensucht for a life we could only imagine.

This life was at first fuzzy around the edges but got clearer and clearer the further down our spiritual path we went. Details put themselves slowly into auto-focus as we explored alternative lifestyles such as #tinyhouseliving, #offgridliving, #permacultures, #minimalism, #intentionalliving

and #cobhousebuilding

We thought that we'd end up moving to our land later on in life as a 'retirement' of sorts, but then COVID19 upped our plans by a decade or more. What was supposed to be a short trollop out here to set up the land turned into, 'Hey, this is nicer than we could have imagined, so let's stay?'

So what IS good about New Mexico? Man, I could go on and on, but that will be a whole other blog post sometime down the road. Let's start with this:

1) New Mexicans don't rush to do anything. The Land of Mañana is a real thing! Why do

today what could wait until tomorrow?

2) New Mexican retail workers ACTUALLY want to know the answer to "How are you doing

today?" and "Did you find everything okay?". If the answer to the second question is No, they

get a worried furrow in their brow and will even call a manager over to help you find the

thing that you didn't find okay! (yes, bad grammar, but you get the point). Everyone else in

line will wait patiently while you and the cashier chat about the answers to their questions!

3) New Mexicans are humble folks who do things based on a handshake and the strength of

your word. Buying things on CL or FB Marketplace doesn't involve Venmo or CashApp or

PayPal. They will hold the item until you show up at the designated place and time and

even go so far as to mark the item 'pending' just because you say you will show up with

cash in hand (that's like the only way folks do business here, even if something costs $1000,

as we learned after 4 withdrawals from 2 different ATMs)

These are the top 3 reasons we think New Mexico is good. These are just 3 of a myriad of reasons that we no longer have that sense of senhsucht. At least for now... ;)

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