After living in a “developing” country, you begin to notice things (problems/circumstances, etc) that aren’t existent in your home country. For example, when I log onto Facebook, my news feed is filled with statuses where people are complaining about this or that, “ranting”, whatever. Complaining isn’t a bad thing. I mean, I complain about a lot of shit. However, there IS a difference between complaining about something and complaining just to complain. As a a matter of fact, you could say that I’m complaining about people complaining. I sense that the majority of people don’t even notice when they are complaining; it’s almost like second nature to them.
One thing that I’ve gained from this experience is gratitude. We wake up in the morning, rushed and annoyed..usually setting the scene for a negative mood to follow for the rest of the day. If I were back in Austin, I’d be at a standstill on I-35 cursing my life. Here in SE Asia I’ve seen people who struggle with things that people in the West would shit themselves over.
To be continued.
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I am THE most indecisive person I know. I’ve been hit hard with the indecision bug this week. With this school term coming to an end, I’m starting to think twice about my decision to move back to Texas, working in retail (aka Hell on Earth), until I figure out my next big move/career path/whatever you wanna call it. Whoever said life after college kind of sucks is right in that aspect. Figuring out what you’re supposed to do with your life must come easy for some people, but for most of us I think it’s safe to say we have no idea what we’re doing. All I know is that I’m still not ready to settle down in one place yet. The opportunities are plentiful here, this place is beautiful, I’ve met some awesome people, blah blah blah… basically I’m having one of those moments where I’m afraid I’ll miss out on a chance.
Ideally, I would be able to visit home for a few weeks (I have to) — come back to Thailand to teach for another term in a new city, then save enough money to travel to South America and finally start learning Spanish, while teaching down there. Once I’m good with Spanish, I think my opportunities career-wise will expand.
Anais Nin, thanks for the advice. It’s an interesting time in my life, y’all.
We’ll see what happens…