In only 3 days, I will be finishing up my last day of teaching. It has been an amazingly, quick time here in Thailand, and I cannot believe that it is coming to a close. Starting a business the last 2 months has made it feel as if time is flying by at an even faster rate.
Yesterday, my busiest day of the week, I said goodbye two five of my 11th grade classes. Usually at the end of every class, students will stand up and say, “Thank you teacher. Goodbye. See you next time.” Yesterday in class, students stood up like they always did and said, Thank you teacher. Goodbye. See you...”. It was a mixture of feeling sad and awkward, so I usually would just “say see you when you visit me in America” as a joke.
The past 5 months here have been a whirlwind of emotions. Stress, love, confusion, and peace were a few of the emotions that were part of every week. I am blessed to be able to have met the many people I have and gotten to teach my students. I will miss their warm smiles and excited waves every single day. They have made this an adventure that I will never forget.
In over a week, I will be packing my bags and beginning another mini-adventure traveling around Thailand. I will be able to spend almost 4 weeks traveling to the many different parts of the country that I have not visited yet. A lot of the time spent in Thailand has been used getting to know the north, so I am extremely excited to see the rest of the country. After 4 weeks here, I will be heading to Taiwan for a week to explore the island.
As I wrap up, I cannot express how grateful I am for the people who have made this such a memorable trip. Everyone in Thailand has shown me what it means to be alive and fully present, and I will never forget that.