The time has come for change in Mexico. As I’ve said a million times before, I don’t care what your political beliefs are; this is about peace, hope and change for the betterment of the Mexican people.
Once again, my two best friends in Mexico were staring down the barrel of a gun last week, both on separate occasions both just steps from their front door. Cesar was leaving his home and dropped his cell phone, he got up to find a masked man right in front of him with a gun pointed at his head. He said in that moment you freeze and your mind is everywhere and nowhere all at the same time. By the grace of God, his neighbour came out with a friend and the gunman calming put down his weapon and slowly walked away. A few days later, Cesar’s partner was driving home from work to find a gunman standing in the middle of the road with a gun pointing towards his car. This time my friend chose to accelerate and show the gunman no fear. It worked and he jumped out of the way in the nick of time. Sounds like a movie doesn’t it? Well it’s not, this is the life my dear friends live in Guanajuato City, a beautiful colonial city in the middle of Mexico, hundreds of miles away from any border town. This is not the first time they have come face to face with such cowards but I’m praying it was their last. They moved the very next day.
This is what infuriates me – how many times can they escape death. I hate the fact that I have to make sure his friends and relatives have my contact information so that if anything happens they can call us right away. What kind of life is that? The Mexican people deserve more respect than that. I want to move on and get change in motion. I want my friends to live a safe and happy life that they so deserve. I want to go back to the place I call my second home. I want my daughter to know that change can happen and good things come from perseverance. I want my dear friends to be able to walk out of the house without fear in daylight or darkness. It’s not working in it’s present state and if there’s one thing I know for sure, you gotta start somewhere. So if that’s at the bottom and grabbing those who are doing petty crimes or those who lurk around innocent people’s homes with their fingers on a trigger – than so be it. Just do something to stop the violence. It’s now or never, dig deep and find it in you to support peace and freedom for all in Mexico.