My travels in Thailand have come to an end. As I look back on the photos I took from the 3 months I spent there, I am pleasantly reminded of all the interesting experiences I had. Now it’s time for reflection. So how has the trip changed me?
As mentioned in my earlier post about my troubles in Thailand, I had to learn to adjust to a few things that either made me uncomfortable or terrified me. Learning to drive that motorbike really sparked something in me. I felt very accomplished. I took charge of my independence. I had to get from point A to point B and although my fear was choking me, I pushed through and grew as a driver, as a person, as a traveler. The lesson: Don’t give up.
Another thing I learned was how to swim and float. I used to take swimming classes but when I almost drowned once I never went back. This was at the age of 9. Since then I’ve known I needed to learn and I envied people who swam as though it was like walking or riding a bike. Natural. Well a good guy I was dating at the time helped me learn. I can easily float now and I can swim better than before I went to Thailand. I have hope! I still need to improve but this was another instance of overcoming something I feared and realizing that my mind and worry was holding me back more than actual ability. The lesson: Relax.
I met many people during my trip. Their characteristics ranging from kind, funny, insightful, dramatic, insecure, rude, cheerful, positive, curious, passionate, etc. It’s always a treat when I meet someone who I really connect with. Who has my sense of humor. Who can share stories with me. Who has something to teach me. Who is receptive to what I can teach them. But sometimes while traveling I meet people that I really don’t connect with. Whether it be for no obvious reason or just because they rub me the wrong way. Sometimes I feel like I should try harder to make connections with people, but I’m not naturally a super social person. I’m more comfortable with one on one conversations. Not to say I’m an introvert or anti-social. I’m just selective. If I’m in a group, I tend to fade into the background and don’t really chime in even if I have a really good point to make. I tend to just sit and absorb the conversations. The emotions. The stories. The opinions. I’ve learned to accept this about myself. I would beat myself up about it when I felt like I wasn’t trying hard enough to make friends and then complained about feeling alone. But I can’t force friendships and I shouldn’t force myself to make empty connections. The lesson: Be patient.
For the moment I’m satisfied with my reflection. Many life lessons to be learned from traveling and overall I’m grateful for the good and bad.
With that said, I’d like to share some of my favorite photos from my trip. Enjoy!