I’ve been thinking for awhile about what I wanted to put in my first blog post about my upcoming trip to Bangkok, Thailand. I wanted it to be profound, well thought-out, insightful, inspiring, and thought-provoking. I wanted it to begin with anything but, “I’ve been thinking for awhile about what I wanted to put in my first blog post.” So I did what I always do in this situation and turned to Google. A devout fan of cheesy quotations, I looked for quotations by Thai leaders, Buddhist monks, and other tourists, but came up empty-handed. Well, that’s not completely true. I did find one Thai proverb that I will share with you now:
“At high tide fish eat ants; at low tide ants eat fish.”
Life changing, eh?
After pondering costal ecosystems for awhile (I didn’t even know ants lived near tidepools or that they were sushi connoisseurs), I realized that maybe the reason I am having such a difficult time deciding what to say is because I don’t really know how to feel about my upcoming trip to Singapore and Thailand. I am all at once anxious, thrilled, inspired, eager, and scared out of my pants.
It is probably appropriate that I don’t have a definitive quotation for my trip because I have no idea what to expect. I am going into this experience with an open mind and an open heart and hope to return with opened eyes.
I am so excited that you have decided to join me on my adventure! I would like to thank each and every one of you (especially my Mom and Daddy) for supporting me throughout this whole crazy process (more on that later), and being just as excited as I am for my trip! Please check back on a regular basis and leave comments if you feel moved. If you would like to find out more about the organization with whom I am travelling, go to www.crossculturalsolutions.org (more on this later also) and check it out!