I never thought that I would say it, but wow…I’m going to miss Seattle. Not just the amazing, endless adventures that you can get into here but most importantly, the people. It’s so hard to say goodbye, to move on, to let go…
I have been thinking about this lately. About change. It seems to me that I often FEAR CHANGE. And I think it’s because, currently, I’m comfortable. I feel good. Life’s good! So naturally, as part of my human condition, I don’t want to mess that up. But as I go through life, I see a pattern. I live and breathe, I’m comfortable, I fear change. But then something happens and there is an opportunity to change, I fear it, but go ahead and try it, scared, anticipating the future, I find out that it’s actually better than I could have predicted, I get comfortable again.
This pattern seems to just repeat itself. Comfortable. Fear. Change. Comfortable. Fear. Change. Comfortable.
The question I’ve been asking myself lately is Why does it take me so long to embrace change? Even though the pattern tells me that I WILL be comfortable again. And there is a very good chance of my life being even better than it was before.
THE JOURNEY STARTS OF BETTER THAN EXPECTED
As I was walking to my gate I hear my name. Just so happens my friend Annie is on her way to Denver. What a great surprise!
I watched The Beach on the flight for a little excitement boost 🙂
Bosco. That’s the mans name that was sitting to my left on the plane. Bosco was flying from Calgary to Singapore for a 5 day vacation. Then he must get back to work. If you are saying wow, I hear ya. We must have spoken for two to three hours on the flight to Narita. Bosco is a professor of economics at Rutgers University in New Jersey and consults for major companies around the world. To be able to spend time with this man was a gift.
It was an Eleven hour flight into Narita, Japan. Then a 1 hour layover before a 7 hour flight to Bangkok.
ARRIVING IN BANGKOK
Touchdown! No checked bags so I head straight for… Well that’s where is got tricky. My friend’s friend Kelly was going to meet me at the airport but we hadn’t spoken for a bit. So I got on my iPad, connected to the wi-fi and saw that he had left me a message on FB. He asked if it would be alright if I just took a cab to his place. No problem! 🙂 He gave me a street name “Ekkemai 14”. So I made my way down to the cab station (it’s 12:30 at night btw) and said “Ekkemai 14”. The girl wrote something down that didn’t look like what I told her, handed it to me and a guy took me to his car.
They drive on the other side of the road?!! Well there ya go 🙂
30 minutes later we are down a dark alley and he just nods. I guess this is it. I then asked the driver…well I digress…I pointed to my ipad where I had Kelly’s # and a phone gesture with my hand. He got his phone and I dialed the #. Kelly answered. Apparently I was very close. So I paid. $9 for a 30 minute ride.
Walked around the corner and down the street a bit and there he was. Some chit-chat and then I was out for a solid 12 hours!
THE FIRST DAY STARTED AT 1PM
So I found out quickly that Kelly was not going to ease me into anything. We walk out of his apartment down to the main street. He tells two guys a street name and he tells me to jump on the back. Gooooood LOOOOORDDD! I hate riding on the back of motorcycles. Always have!
But…I guess when in Rome 🙂 So I jumped on and held on to the back with a death grip!
Tons of motorcycles swarm around cars. There are even motorcycles that drive on the wrong side of the road…because it’s faster! Literally driving into on coming traffic….Insane!
I spent the rest of the day walking around the streets just taking in the sites (and smells). I ended up running into a German traveler and we had a cafe in the late afternoon, chatted for a while and then I went to meet Kelly back at his office.
NIGHTTIME IN BANGKOK
Well, of course, we started it off with a night-time motorcycle taxi ride. Yikes!
I only took a few photos throughout the night. As I was hanging out with some new people, I wanted to focus more on being present. But I did grab this one at the very end of the evening.
So, how were the first 24 hours in Bangkok?
Interesting to say the least. Basically I’m in that state of being uncomfortable. But I know, as a human, I have a PROFOUND ability to bring myself back to the comfortable state. But it’ll involve a tremendous amount of adapting, growing, feeling, learning, creativity and probably a lot of failure. And when I do get back…I’ll be stronger than ever before.
BRING IT ON!! :))))