Changes and challenges are all around us whether we are living in the US or in Thailand. Our home in Texas currently needs MAJOR costly repairs which will require Jack to return to the US one more time this year, yes, more costly. And, to sell or not to sell.
Meanwhile, we have been looking for a new place to live in Chiang Mai, without the house hunters international crew this time, while contemplating heavily on our tight budget. We’ve lived in the city or close to it for the past three years since we moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand. This time, the place we chose is further away from the city, with no real public transportation, and away from the places we are familiar with and frequent in the city, this includes the NGOs we support, places to eat, markets we like and friends we’ve made. The new place will be closer to our daughter’s school (and yes, that’s costly too, more costly than our rent we pay here). And she’s only keen on homeschooling if we’re in Burma or are traveling. She prefers to see her friends on a daily basis while she is in Chiang Mai. And who can blame her!
Since, we sold most things we owned including our cars, emptied out our home and moved to Chiang Mai in 2010, surely this is a new challenge we can conquer and overcome together.
I can choose to focus on the mishaps, the negative, the obstacles, the challenges and all the troubles we have encountered since we moved here or even just with house hunting etc. etc. Believe me there are plenty. If you have questions, email me. I wish to not spend my energy there. I refuse.
Remaining and staying on the path of “dwelling-on-the-positive” in my life, I believe the next phase of our lives will prove to be what we make it. It will be just as exciting and adventurous.
After all, we live in Thailand. I’m a flight away from other Asian countries, in the same time zone, I get to eat Thai food everyday and I can take a bus and be in Mae Sot (little Burma) within 6 hours. We are together as a family, healthy and happy. Life cannot be simpler.
So, I am letting go of the familiarity once again, and moving forward to refocus on our goals as a family.
WE are moving forward and NOT looking back, well, at least NOT with regrets!