Thailand – Taking Chances

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So I began with some difficulty in finding the right way to tell the lessons and stories of Thailand, so I decided I won’t do it in this post. I’ll spread the love to a series of posts! That way we can all enjoy it over and over again! ūüėÄ So without further ado, here is part one of Thailand.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. ¬†A wise man once said this and I strongly believe it. ¬†When I made it up in my mind to travel to Thailand, I had many worried friends and family asking me if it was the best idea to go to a country half a world away without knowing the language or culture very well. ¬†I’ll admit, it’s a good question. ¬†I mean, it’s not every day that you just decide to up and go to Thailand. ¬†But it’s a place I desperately wanted to see and I took a chance to take the trip.

And boy am I glad I did! ¬†This gamble ended up being one of the most rewarding two weeks of my life and I can’t wait to do it again! ¬†The sights, sounds, and smells of Thailand are now insatiable for me and I know that I’ll have to return. ¬†Looking back on it now, the thought of questioning this trip seems so silly. ¬†I could have missed out on one of the best experiences of my life because of fear. ¬†It’s a common thing that we all face, but it can block us from reaching some of the best parts of our lives, and that’s why I’m telling you to take a chance.

I’m not saying you should book a ticket to Thailand right now. ¬†Well, you should, but that’s not really the point. ¬†The point is that taking chances can lead to some of the most exhilarating and satisfying chapters of your life if you have the courage to leap into them.

It all starts with small acts of taking a chance. ¬†It may be talking to a cute guy/girl at the end of the bar, or taking a trip to a place you’ve never been to before, or learning a language you’ve always wanted to speak. ¬†Taking chances and trying new things can open up the whole world to you and that’s where your life and really living your life meet.

As I traveled around Thailand for those two weeks learning to cook¬†Thai food in Bangkok, lighting¬†lanterns into the sky in Chiang Mai, riding motorbikes between waterfalls, canyons, and hot springs in Pai, living among elephants in Surin, and meeting amazing people all along the way, I realized that what I’ve just been mentioning couldn’t be more true. ¬†Trying new things, although scary and sometimes overwhelming, can lead to the most amazing experiences of our lives. ¬†And they can also remind us of our younger more innocent days when everything was new to us and every day was a new experience for us to conquer.

With that in mind I hope that you’ll conquer your own fears and take that new Spanish class, start a conversation with that cute guy or girl, or maybe, just maybe, you’ll even take a trip to Thailand and discover something incredible.

Cooking class

Cooking class

Loi Krathong - Chiang Mai

Loi Krathong – Chiang Mai

Lights, camera, lanterns!

Lights, camera, lanterns!

Motorbiking in the countryside

Motorbiking in the countryside

Elephants

Elephants

Elephants numero dos!

Elephants numero dos!

Mahout games

Mahout games

Building a swing

Building a swing

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