The power of spontaneous decisions
Until recently, I was an introverted, a little withdrawn and shy person. I’ve always had great plans for the future but never seemed to be able to put them in motion. I used to dream about distant lands and amazing adventures but I had a habit of putting these thoughts into “one day” folder. “ONE DAY I’ll do it”, I used to say.
I was just a dreamer who had never been able to actually do anything. Everything changed with one simple spontaneous thought, one sudden decision to grab a backpack and go to Thailand. Why Thailand? I was still feeling seduced by the sweet impulse of being spontaneous and wanted to go big, go someplace extraordinary. I wanted to experience something brand new, exotic, something I’d never experienced before. After a short while of reflecting I realized that Thailand was a clear choice. Leaving aside the flight ticket, Thailand was pretty cheap and newbie-traveler friendly.
I got off the plane in Bangkok and suddenly I was left on my own. And that was exactly what I needed. I had no one to rely on except for myself. It was the first time that I pushed myself into doing something I really dreamt about and there was no running away from it. I put myself into situation where I had to take care of myself in a foreign country and it was the best time of my life.
During the first days everyone seemed to be trying tricks on me. Sometimes I fell for it, sometimes I didn’t. Either way, I was enjoying Bangkok as much as I could and everything was simply fascinating. Wonderful temples, ubiquitous commotion, local cuisine and omnipresent tuk-tuk drivers. “Tuk-tuk?” “No.” “Tuk-tuk later?” “No!” “Tuk-tuk tomorrow?”
Bangkok captured me and wouldn’t release me from its tremendous hold. Despite all its scams and dirty tricks I was loving it more and more and was enjoying every single moment. From Bangkok I headed north. I spoke to monks about religion, Buddhism, reincarnation and football.
I witnessed Thai Box fights, went to a jungle, went down the river on a bamboo raft, saw jumping poisonous spiders and snakes, exchanged a luxurious hotel for a plank floor covered with mouse droppings somewhere in the mountains above a waterfall in the jungle, I swam in a natural lake, spent a night in a Karen village where no one spoke Thai, let alone English, ate a snake soup, smoked local tobacco wrapped in banana leaf, rode an elephant, swam with sharks, danced until the morning and made friends among the British, Scots, Irish, French, German, Australian, Brazilian and Israelis.
Thanks to them I got to know a whole new aspect of traveling. It’s not just about sightseeing, it’s also about the people you meet, the friends you make. Those are the same adventurous spirits as you are, they have the same approach to life as you have.
After all that, I returned home as a whole new person. I was open towards the world and new ideas. I started looking for solutions instead of problems. I felt like nothing was standing in my way and I realized that I was the creator of almost all of my obstacles. My Thai experience changed the way I think.
I now realize that I can’t postpone all my dreams into the future. All of that happened thanks to one simple spontaneous decision to click and buy a flight ticket. So if you have dreams of your own, don’t wait. Just do it!