A year out
One year ago I was living a dream in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It is so aggravating that I can’t simply go back and be there again; living the most amazing year all over again. Living in Thailand is a constant wave of emotions and sights. One minute you are riding in a tuk-tuk zipping through the back streets of Chiang Mai, and the next you’re off exploring the Island Koh Phangan, wandering through massive fruit and fish markets, or in the hill tribes hiking through the forest. It is a place full of kind people, and new experiences. Every day is never ending amazement at the country you’re in. I cannot emphasize enough the BEAUTY I see every day. From the morning monk chants that echo through the city, or the tantalizingly blue ocean and the never ending crystal white sand, every second is simply beautiful. What I think I have noticed most, is how much people care about one another, and their respect for human life. People will give the shirt off their back to help someone in need. Thai people are respectful of every life, and politeness is taken to a whole new level. You are always greeted with a warm hello, and a polite bow.
Seeing the way that other people live gives you a kind of perspective that not many people have. The things I have seen, and the things that I have done, are the most amazing memories that I will carry with me. Describing this seems so unavailing, to the extent of cheesiness. But this experience and this feeling is something I never want to forget. I want to continue to explore and see the rest of the world. I believe that by traveling, you’re gaining more education and life skills than you ever would in a classroom. That is why studying abroad is so unique; it combines the two. Thailand challenges you by pushing you to a point that didn’t know you could handle. You are tiptoeing on the edge of your comfort zone and you are thrown way past that line. I now have the confidence that I always thought I should have.
This experience has opened my eyes to something new and incredible. My thoughts have been consumed with the thoughts of where I will go next. There is so much out there to see, and not enough time to do it. So, I may as well keep going from here!