I was inspired today by a blog post by Lani on The Tell Thai Heart. One comment in particular moved me; she wrote
And that when someone falls into the deep well of misery, their cries echo but ultimately they have to help themselves. The well is an illusion, just like the idea that Chiang Mai Thailand will make everything better again.
This is so true. I think there are a lot of us who believed that moving to Thailand would be the magic solution to all our problems. We saw it as a fresh start. I know that when I first moved here it seemed certain that the tropical climate and new culture would be my salvation. The reality was that the things that were making my life miserable before just followed me to the new location. I was like a dog with shit on its fur moving around to escape the smell; when I was moving it didn’t smell so bad but once I settled the shit became hard to deal with once again.
It doesn’t matter how much we love Thailand during the early days this intense hopeful feeling is going to wear off. When you live anywhere for a while it just becomes normal living. It is then that our bad habits and personality flaws will start to noticeably resurface again; in fact they never go away but we just get distracted. We can begin to feel disappointed because Thailand didn’t live up to our expectations; it didn’t fix us. Those of us who have no insight into our minds will blame it all on Thailand. We will look for a fresh start somewhere else or just turn into an ex-pat malcontent.
What do you think?
Can Thailand (or any new location) be a magic solution to our problems in life?
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