So, typically when I travel, my least favorite part of the trip is all the stress and anxiety that can ensue within the physical journey to the destination. Do I have my passport? Where did I put my boarding pass?! My phone? OhMaGosh, I lost my passport again! Oh wait, I'm holding it, silly me...etc. Unfortunately, that negative energy typically overflows and ends up effecting the overall mood of my first day in said destination. Can anybody else relate?
Thank God that over the past couple years, I have made significant improvements in my organization to help combat the reoccurring Case of the Lost Passport / Every Other Important Item. Regardless, it's something about leaving home and voluntarily facing the Big Bad Unknown that gets me all worked up.
Within the first couple hours of being in the new country, it usually plays out something like this.
Me (shamefully thinking to myself): Now, WHY did I do this?
My heart: "Because you're so brave, girl! You so got this. You totally do!"
My brain: "I have no freakin' clue, but I would like to go home NOW. The next plane is..."
Each time, I genuinely try and follow my heart's affirmations; and always by the second day, the cloud of negativity disperses and that's the end of that. Once I'm past that first day, I'm totally fine!
Today, however, as I arrived in Chiang Mai, I felt so peaceful it was almost eerie. Not kidding. I'm not sure if it's the kind atmosphere here, the heavy rain that poured all morning, the friend from my program that I met in ORD, or maybe...it's me? Am I finally maturing into the seasoned traveler I dream of attaining?
Seeing as the 21 hour trip is my longest to date, I had some serious time to reflect on the possibilities this experience in Thailand could open up for me and for my future. Needless to say, as this was my best first day yet,* I couldn't be more excited to see how the rest of the next five months unfold.
*My best ever "first day" was when I surprised my boyfriend in Ghana, that's a tough one to beat for obvious reasons. However, I don't exactly count it due to the simple fact that I had been to Ghana before.