It’s the people that get me. They get me every time. Smiles upon smiles. Thai people are unique, they are kind, gentle and resilient. I love knowing that everyday when I wake up I’ll be surrounded by them. They will make me better and I will always be grateful.
I look back at how long it took us to get back here. Life happens and time passes you by. But I don’t regret waiting. Even though I just got here I worry about leaving. I worry that a part of me will stay here. That home won’t feel like home anymore. Moving to Thailand wasn’t an easy decision and it certainly wasn’t easy when we first got here. The first week was hard, mostly for me. I had moments where I didn’t trust why we were here. I felt sad and vulnerable and woke up every morning missing everything that I knew.
But it wasn’t until one night, sitting on the balcony of our school talking with a friend and watching the sunset over my new city, that I felt at peace and fell back in love with the country that I held so near and dear. I’m sorry, it’s corny I know. But it’s the truth. This city and country is imperfect and it’s beautiful because of it. It’s filled with brightly colored shrines next to dimly lit streets with questionable establishments. Street carts filled with food that will make you see double, endless amounts of shops and people smiling, everywhere.
One of the biggest things you’ll notice here is that there is virtually no homeless. In Phuket anyway. People here are close nit and everyone has a place. Know one gets cast aside, families remain together and with that, the broken and the sick have a place to be just that. You’l see people pushing their old and frail mothers down the street. You’l see men feeding their fathers their dinner. Its an amazing thing.
Everything about Dave and I’s life has changed forever. Living here and making a life here has altered everything. I don’t know where we’ll be in three years or even six months from now but I do know that each day brings it’s fair share of new challenges and new adventures. There are times where I scratch my head when a truck goes by with a monkey and a bunch of coconuts in the back and there are times of sadness, wonder and just utter confusion. But in the end I’m always smiling.