Thanksgiving isn’t the kind of holiday that travels well. It’s not celebrated in Thailand.
However, that doesn’t mean I can’t give thanks.
I wanted to take a few moments today to express my gratitude for the last two years in Thailand.
It’s been a particularly prolific period of my life. Living here has been radically transformational for me.
I ate way too much delicious Thai food and drank way too much delicious coffee. Ironically enough, I also got in the best shape of my life.
A sense of clarity slowly washed over me after leaving the States. This has had the effect of supercharging my productivity. I’ve produced some of my best works since relocating here, including 5 Steps To Retire In 5 Years.
But change is the only constant in this world.
You can roll with it and ride the wavering waves of life to new adventures. Or you can fight that change and let those waves batter against your will.
I’m fortunate in the sense that I’ve always looked forward to change. Sometimes I ignite that change. Oftentimes change is something forced upon me.
It’s a case of the latter now, as Thailand’s visa policies for long stays have rapidly become far more restrictive. That restrictiveness is seemingly getting worse by the week, making my prior plan to live here on a combination of an SETV and METV in 2020 almost impossible.
The waves have arrived. The tide has risen. And new adventures await.
Before I reveal what I’ve decided to do in the face of change, I just want to say that I will always appreciate the last two years here in Thailand. It’s been a hell of a ride.
Thailand is an amazing country filled with amazing people. At the very least, it’ll always be a second home to me. Perhaps even more than that in the future.
I won’t be eating turkey today. I’ll instead probably enjoy some dinner and music at a local market here in Chiang Mai. Pretty typical Thursday stuff.
But I’m feeling no less thankful. No less grateful to be in Thailand, living out my early retirement dream lifestyle among great people.
Cheers to the past. Cheers to the present. And a hearty cheers to the future.
I’ve come so far. Yet I feel like the adventures ahead are the biggest of all.
Let’s have a great holiday. Let’s be thankful and grateful for the past and the present. And let’s look forward to unstoppable change.
Ride those waves of change to a bigger, bolder, better life.
What do you think? Feeling thankful today? What changes are upon you?
Thanks for reading.
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