At the start of each school year, I used to set goals for myself—to get good grades, to make new friends, to score a hot date for prom—and since my birthday falls at the end of August, the two events usually happened to coincide.
On my birthday last year, I was fresh out of college, looking forward to spending an exciting four months in Thailand, then coming home and securing a job. But plans changed, I fell in love and a year later, I’m still here.
“Travel while you’re young,” they say, and in many ways, it’s great advice. I’m glad I took this year to step outside my comfort zone, experience a different way of life and see the other side of the world, but now I’m ready to be an adult.
Hold on a second… Did I really just say that?
By next year, I’ll probably regret it, but lately, I’ve found myself wondering when my “real life” is going to start and, more importantly, what it’s going to look like.
I’m excited about the idea of moving to a big city, decorating my own apartment and slaying the corporate PR world.
I’m especially excited to see my friends and family and my boyfriend. As you can imagine, living on the other side of the world really takes a toll on your relationships.
23 is going to be a big year. When I arrive back in America, I am determined to hit the ground running. I can’t divulge any of the juicy details yet, but stay tuned as I have big plans!
Until then, I’ll be making the most of my last five weeks in this magnificent country with the people who’ve made my time here so meaningful.
As a side note, thank you to my Thai family and students for helping me celebrate my birthday! I was showered with songs (in four languages), gifts, hugs and well wishes. Blink-182 was wrong – I feel so loved!
Also, check out pictures below of this weekend’s English Department excursion to Phayao and Chiang Rai!