What I want to achieve while in Thailand
In my last (and also first) post I talked a little about what life holds for me in the immediate future. In this post, I want to write down what I hope to accomplish during my year in Thailand. I’ve believed for a long time that the first step to accomplishing anything is to write it down and by sharing my goals I hope my friends and readers will hold me accountable. My motivation behind this trip is to challenge myself and I won’t be holding back on my goals. I will reference this post throughout my trip and make sure to post a story as I complete each one. This is by no means an inclusive list but definitely includes some of the more challenging endeavors I plan to undertake. In the end, my goals come down to saying “yes” to every opportunity that comes my way and flirting with the edge of my comfort zone.
1. Give Everything to the Job
I’ve gotten a decent amount of criticism for going into teaching after doing an undergraduate degree in Journalism and not having any significant experience in teaching. I understand the criticism. People see my choice as a means to travel rather than a desire to really be a teacher. But why can’t it be both? I’d like to make my goal say “be a good teacher” but I’ve learned in making goals to avoid relative and subjective language. So while I can’t challenge myself to be a good teacher and will challenge myself to give 100 percent to the job.
2. Get a Bamboo Tattoo
Adding to my tattoo collection while experiencing an ancient cultural tradition? Count me in!
3. Join a Muay Thai Gym
This is a big one for me. My efforts to stay fit over this summer have been intermittent at best. By joining a gym I hope to immerse myself with the local culture and motivate myself to stay in shape.
4. Volunteer at an Elephant Refuge Center
While elephant tourism is huge in Thailand, it is easy to turn a blind eye to the abuses the elephants endure so that tourists can have their photo ops. During my school break, I want to spend a few weeks helping the beautiful animals.
5. Stay at a Monastery
I don’t identify as a Buddhist and I won’t pretend a week in a monastery will change that. But I like to keep an open mind and I think this would be a challenging and enlightening experience.
6. Photograph Loi Krathong
For years I’ve been jealous of the beautiful photos that come from this beautiful festival. This year, my camera and I will be ready.
7. Keep this Blog Going
Every time I’ve started a blog I have folded after a few months. I’m challenging myself to keep this one going no matter how few people read it or how busy I find myself.
*Featured photo courtesy of John Shedrick via Flickr