An Unexpected Trip to Thailand – Relearning to Trust Myself

Diligent monkey who stole my water bottle

I often hear people say that they love to travel. Perhaps it’s because I grew up in China and have already experienced a culture different from Western culture, but I never saw the appeal – or rather the benefit – of traveling. I couldn’t understand how escaping one’s own life to find meaning in a stranger’s life could benefit the traveler once he or she returns home. Interestingly enough, through a series of events, I found myself solo-traveling in Thailand for the past two months. My experiences were far from what my biases predicted.

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Wikipedia for Ideas and Motivation

2iuheo-l-610x610-t-shirt-shirt-funny-prom-top-putfit-black-thanks-wikipedia-meme-jeans-beautiful-summer-graduation-funny-shirt-quote-on-it-funny-tshirtWikipedia people you want to be like. Obama for instance. (ha i’m never going to be like Obama, but hey, its some good motivation and a good way to get ideas on what kind of things to get involved in). For example, if your in the political field like me, wikipedia someone prominent in that field, like Fareed Zakaria — a pretty famous journalist. Read the education section (their early life is pretty interesting too). I realised 2 really important things from just his biography alone:

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Everything for a Reason

ssssFirst day of university. Ever. Way tougher than high school thats for sure. A 30% midterm and a 70% final?! Totally gonna have a nervous breakdown during my first 70% final. First day has already proved that getting good marks is going to require lots of hard work and time. But juggling that with other responsibilities as a first year that lives alone is going to be tough. Firstly, let me tell you why I live alone:  (more…)

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