As I look at my life, I feel pretty fortunate for all I have. I remember shaking like a leaf as I purchased my plane ticket to Thailand back in 2012. I knew I wanted to live abroad and I was no stranger to the land of smiles. I was afraid I’d fail once I’d taken the plunge and once you have the taste for adventure, you can never go back. Looking back, I see that I went beyond my fears and just tried it out.
It didn’t work out in the way I thought it would but it’s still the adventure I was seeking. I started in Thailand which took me to Bavaria. I spent a lot of time getting to know locals in Czech and Austria.
I got to spend some real time in Costa Rica and Panama too. Living in Spanish speaking countries was great. After my time in Bavaria, struggling with the language, I was surprised at how quickly I picked up Spanish. Yay me.
There were times I wanted to go home because in many ways, it’s easier. In the end though, I’m not looking for easy. Perpetual sunny days by a pool doesn’t come from staying in Canada.
I don’t want to stop this journey. I accept the challenges that make me stronger.