“What does it feel like to be present? To be here in the now and fully experiencing this moment. Free from any weight of the past or any anticipation of the future. Just free. Free to realize that only you can control how you feel. About anything. Free to see things for what they are and free to give your time and energy to what really matters.”
There is always something to celebrate in Thailand. It’s another aspect of life that plays into the idea that everything should be fun! My Thai teacher was explaining to me that in Thai you say “to play” things a lot instead of to do them. For example, the literal translation of “relax” it to “play sleep.” There is always something to celebrate here and it does seem to make it easier to take the time to remember the little things and really appreciate them.
Two weeks ago I went to the Umbrella festival. It was quite beautiful. Bo sang village is well known for their handmade crafts. There were beautiful umbrellas everywhere, parades, and you could watch people hand make and paint the umbrellas.
The following weekend was a trip up to Khun Chang Kian. It was about an hour motorbike drive from downtown Chiang Mai up Doi Pui. The last 10 kilometers were especially fun as there was only a one lane road but two way traffic. It was a beautiful Hmong village with beautiful cherry blossoms and fresh coffee. Love.
Also at school this week we celebrated a new building opening. Morning classes were canceled and we celebrated with dancing, music, and Buddhist blessings. The new building will be used for students to work on fruit carving, cooking, and making flower arrangements (from leaves). It is beautiful, super impressive, and must take a lot of patience.
Other than that life is becoming more commonplace and I am getting into my day to day routines. It is amazing how quickly we adapt to new surroundings and what becomes everyday life. I remember being so nervous about things that don’t even phase me anymore such as: …talking…., driving on the opposite side of the road, being lost, ordering food, appropriate dress, figuring out how to do laundry, finding….. anywhere really, and finding appropriate quotes via youtube (that I have added to this post). Oh wait…spending ridiculous amounts of time on youtube is easy no matter where I live. 😉
“What do you want to do in your life? What makes you tick? What makes you feel in awe? Don’t be misled into thinking that you’re supposed to do anything. You are supposed to do only what you choose to do. The world is vast and full of possibilities. Follow your bliss. Get out of your comfort zone. Stop looking for reasons why you can’t and look for reasons why you can.”