Mexico City Part 2: Near Death Happiness

I was invited back to perform in Mexico City. Its March of 2016 and tensions among Mexico and U.S. are at their highest due to Donald J. Trump support and his minions exposing how racist America really is. I'm a white guy from tyne south and I just look racist for some reason. Perfect timing. I came back to do the same stage as last time. When I went on, I cracked a few jokes about trump, cross fit and did a lot of crowd work. Had a great time. After the show the owner handed me an envelope of cash of the show. Little did I know that cash would soon be donated to a nice gentleman with a gun.

After the show I left with a friend and fellow friend Pablo who is a big comedian in Mexico. We went out to a few bars and drank lots of Mezcal. Its like tequila but stronger and more raw. We have a great time drinking and failing with women. I got turned down by probably 100 women in Spanish and English. So we leave the bars and head home. We are walking on a sidewalk in what is considered a nice area of Mexico City. Not 10 seconds into walking on the side a guy jumps out of the dark in a hoodie and puts a gun to my head. I don't know what to do. This is frightening. I've never been trained for this. Its not stop drop and roll or get in a doorway. I have no idea what to do with my hands, so I awkwardly throw them in this position I can only describe as the warrior one position in yoga. His finger was on the trigger shaking. All the time people get scared and accidentally pull the trigger. People die like this every single day. One wrong move and one wrong word and he gets scared and pulls the trigger. All he had to do was move his index finger one inch and I'm not here to tell this story.

He takes my phone, cash, wallet, keys and passport. Really? My passport too? What a dick move. What are you going to do with that?? No one inn mexico looks like me. As he left, he threw my keys on the ground. He thought, "I mean, the guy has to get home and sleep at some point. We can't take his keys, thats just mean". I thought, was a sweet guy. What a considerate criminal. I almost wanted to thank him as he ran off, "Thank you!!! Buenas Noches!!". They ran off and we went home. I woke up next day and felt with a nightmare sandwich at the U.S. embassy where is took half the day and some fake crying to get emergency passport. Later that same day, my taxi got not one, but to flat tires. Next day I got food poisoning. I managed to survive all of this and not lose my mind by keeping my sense of humor throughout the whole thing. Never lose your sense of humor or you'll lose your mind. Its seriously a great survival mechanism. 

When I arrived back home to LA, I thought, "I'm so unbelievably lucky to be alive. I'm thankful for every second, every minute, every day, week and year I'm alive. I've never been this happy to be alive in my life. This guy didn't rob me. He robbed me of my old shitty ungrateful perspective on life. He gave me happiness. Its like I payed him my cash to make me happy. Forget Tony Robbins or Scientology or any of these self improvement seminars. Go get robbed!! It will make you so happy!! I wanna find this guy and thank him of helping me out! 

Life is all about perspective. Its events like these that have built character and molded me into a person that has a very positive attitude in terrible situations and tough times . Life can throw just about anything my way and Ill keep a positive attitude. I don't know much, but if theres one thing I know for sure, its to always keep a sense of humor, because it can be one of your most powerful weapons in life. 

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