Last week, the world lost the legendary Jimmy Buffett. Reflecting upon his legacy, it’s evident he played an instrumental role in shaping my path as an expat in México.

Jimmy’s music has always been a beacon, emphasizing the beauty of slowing down. In the whirlwind of life, songs like “Margaritaville” hinted at the allure of a simpler, carefree existence, while “Come Monday” spoke of longing and the peace found in returning to familiar shores.

His album “Living and Dying in ¾ Time” encapsulated this philosophy. And who can forget the lessons from “A Pirate Looks At Forty”? It beautifully conveyed the essence of reflection and cherishing one’s journey, regardless of the destination.

In today’s relentless pace, where the world constantly demands more, Buffett’s songs were an invitation to a different rhythm. They reminded us that sometimes, it’s alright to lose one’s shaker of salt.

I recall attending one of his concerts and feeling an overwhelming sense of belonging amongst the ‘Parrotheads.’ That moment solidified my thoughts: “These are my people.”

An unexpected life diagnosis branded me a ‘workaholic.’ Inspired by the wisdom in Jimmy’s tunes, particularly the escapism of “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” I decided to embrace life in ¾ time.

México, with its enchanting pace, beckoned. Making it my home has been a pivotal and rewarding chapter in my story.

So, here’s to Jimmy Buffett, the artist who, through his melodies, made so many of us dream of far-off places, cheeseburgers in paradise, and the promise of tomorrow.

Rest in peace, Jimmy. Your legacy will forever be a testament to the joys of living on ‘island time’.”