It reminded me of how upsetting it was my first week at college, 1,200 miles from home. It was the beginning of a totally different life, in a place that seemed terrifyingly strange. It was probably the third day I'd been there or so—I just laid down on my bed and started sobbing, because everything was so not normal. Of course, I eventually got used to it, and in only a short time, it became a very comforting place.
But the funny thing is ... I went on a couple mission/exposure trips, as a teenager—to Tijuana, and to a place called Tonalá, outside of Guadalajara—and instead of having that feeling of culture shock, I felt exactly the opposite—as if I was coming home—as if I'd been so many long years in exile, I'd somehow forgotten, but that this was where I really belonged, and felt at peace.
I wonder if there might be something about the national character of Mexico that particularly resonates with me. The Enneagram Institute believes nations tend to have three dominant personality types (scroll to "In Cultural Studies")—and it seems not improbable to me that Four (the Artist—my basic type) would be one of Mexico's three.
Several months ago, I was in Zumba class, and we were doing this one song—"Dame Un Tiempo Mas"—and all of a sudden, I had this intense memory of being in Mexico—it was a deep feeling of peace, and relaxation, and of just being at home ... Beautiful ...
Anyway, it took me a long time to figure out what the song was, not least of all because the lyrics do not appear to be posted anywhere on the web, as of this writing. So, here is my best guess—may it, perhaps, benefit someone out there. Probably this is going to be laughable to anyone who speaks Spanish—please, comment if you can help me correct it. Some of this really just did not make sense to me, but I took a stab at it, anyway (I get points for trying, eh?).
Dame Un Tiempo Mas
Dame un tiempo mas
y pon esa cinturita a bailar
llenando te de besos
que pronto la maniana llegara
Por eso, dame un tiempo mas
y tu corazoncito reconquistar
Nunca mas estare lejos
y solita no te vas a quedar
Fue muy dificil
mi vida sin tenerte
que no estes pegadita a mi
pasar noches en vela
Yo nunca te voy a herir (no que voy a herir)
Yo no lo haria jamas (No lo haria jamas)
Yo quiero estar junto a ti (junto a ti)
Yo solo te voy amar (Te voy amar)
Es que sin ti yo que haria? (que haria)
Pero tengo la suerte
de sentir que vuelves ...