The flight has been booked, the announcement is official, and the countdown clock has started! I am moving to Thailand on December 25, 2015. What?! Yeah, that is the response I get from most.
But my thought: “why the hell not?”
I have been with the same company since graduation and just recently had my three year “I sit at a desk-iversary”. I’m grateful to have a job, but what I am doing now is not what I’m meant to be doing for the rest of my life and cube life is not for me. So instead of looking for a new job when I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to be doing, I decided I’d do something the planner in me never in a million years thought I’d do – buy a one way ticket half-way around the world and see what happens when I get there!
I will be getting my TEFL (Teach Englishing as a Foreign Language) certification through Greenheart Travel in Hua Hin (left) during a month-long training program and then I will be placed in a Thai school to teach English, amount of time and location – TBD.
There are so many pieces of this decision that came together to work out perfectly, I couldn’t have asked for better luck. I couldn’t travel without the opportunity to continue earning a living (damn you student loans!) and I am still trying to figure out what I really do want to do in the future, with teaching as a strong contender. While I am well aware that teaching in Thailand is completely unlike teaching back in America, this is a “whole self” learning process and not solely about deciding if the classroom is the place for me.
And lastly, I really want to know if the moniker “the land of smiles” really fits, because if so – I have found the place for me. Smiling’s my favorite! Bonus points – name that movie! But I do really feel as though I have lost a bit of my smiling, optimistic, happy, helpful self after these three years in the corporate world and that’s not something I am okay with – it’s time to bring that back. I am a passionate person, not known for having a middle ground (pretty much everything is my “favorite”) and I want to wake up to something I am passionately excited about again.
It’s the culture, the incorporation of Buddhist beliefs into their daily lives, the chance to really impact a child, the food, the smiles, the beauty, the change of pace, the elephants, the new people from new places, the mindset of a traveler, the freedom, the chance to keep learning, the yoga on the beach, the lack of Chicago winters, the challenge, the fact I know I will have to overcome completely new obstacles, the positive energy I can put out into the world, the excitement. If that doesn’t sound like the best way to adventure, then I at least want to learn that lesson first hand.
Some days I think I must be crazy, most days I can’t wait to leave, but today I’m just worried about what shoes I should be packing.