Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The Thai's culture focuses on eliminating and avoiding stress and turning to their family is a very good way to do it, or they just ignore it. Sometimes doing nerve racking or high stress activities, like zip lining, is much easier to do when you have a group of people around you supporting and encouraging you. This was true for a I think more than a few of us on that experience. Relying on families like the Thai family systems do here, can make their homes run and their villages run by smoothly. This takes away the pressure from just one person to try and operate the village, reducing the stress. This is true for the village that we did our home stay in, one of my favorite things on this trip. The village leader didn't look like he held an ounce of stress in his face, maybe he was just good at hiding it. I believe that this was because the community turned to one another to help out. They all know what they needed to do, and what link they were to complete the circle. People may think that my stress level has been reduced because they may have thought that this was a "vacation", and some parts of it were a little taste of a vacation, but it was a huge learning curve for me. Becoming a part of this group that traveled to Thailand has given me a "family" who will understand the experiences I had. It just made me realize the importance of not being so individualistic and being more collective within my family. I believe that it will make for a stronger connection, bond, and life with our family.
I am glad to be returning to my home and life, but I am returning with a new perspective and am ready to share that with my family. I will miss my friends that I've made and look forward to other adventures with them!