Some time back, for a few years in my life, I dated someone who wasn’t living in the same country as me.
It was alright.
It had a ton of ups and downs, but it was alright.
One of the things I really hated about having a long-distance relationship was the “Last Day” feeling, wherein you knew you had to say bye at the end of the day and that you guys are going to be apart for a long while to come.
It’s filled with torturous pain.
But I always tell people now to at least give long-distance relationships a try at least once in their life.
It’s easy, yet not so easy.
But you get to learn a ton about yourself and others; others’ cultures.
You take that with you wherever you go for the rest of your lives.
For the first time ever, I personally got to traverse the rural side of Thailand.
See that river above?? I was on a boat going across it. It was mad fun.
It’s not often that I get to go fishing on a boat, what more, one that was literally built by a family member himself!
It’s also not often I see people willingly jump into the water as if it’s no big deal.
This is their lifestyle, which is not common for me. For the first time ever, I got to learn how to cast a net just to catch some fish. How often is it you actually to say, “I am going out to sea today”?
Something like the boat we had
I was pretty blown away as we traversed across the river. The experience was pretty smooth for a wooden boat with a motor attached, but nothing like a bigger boat with a Johnson Lower Unit”
I didn’t really want to leave.
Our little boat was then parked along side the river. It didn’t occur to anyone to lock it up. No one in the community would think of stealing it.
I met and mingled with the Thai people over there and indulged in their lifestyles.
People there were… contented.
It’s amazing how some people live today without the need for technology or the chase for money.
That was what I saw.
People who menial jobs everyday.
People who farm as early as 5AM in the morning.
People who take a minimum of two naps a day.
People who aren’t even educated enough to read or write.
Kids who were extremely happy to play with my (old) iPhone.
Yet, they’re happy.
That’s just how life is for people who live a different way in a different place.
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Meet someone from elsewhere. Embrace the fear. Give it a whirl. It’s all good.
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