Facing Uncertainty While Living Abroad

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It seems mildly appropriate that nearly a year after a hard bout with loneliness that another emotional enemy comes knocking at my mental door, uncertainty.  The idea of the unknown was seen as a glorious open door when I made the decision to move to Thailand but now, as the “2 years” mark gets closer and closer, what once was golden is now a strain on my mind.

The culture of the Land of Smiles brings more than enough mystery in daily life but the battle I face is with regards to my next long term plans.  Do I want to continue teaching?  If so, should I stay in Thailand or explore another country?  If I want to stay in Thailand can I find a job closer to my career path in Bangkok?  Is it time for me to go home?  What kind of job would I get in the US?  What city would I live in?  These are just some of the questions racing through my mind at the moment.

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Amazing relationships have been made!

So many variables have to be taken into account with each question and these typically only raise more questions.  I love Thailand and all of the relationships that I have gained during my time here.  Each one is so precious and has helped me develop as a person in ways that I never could have gained while at home.  But it seems, at least for the moment, that I am craving something that cannot be found here.  It is this feeling that makes me think that home is a good option.  I miss so many aspects of home.  Everything from the really important like my family and friends to the more trivial, but comforting options, like experiencing a new craft beer whenever I would like, air conditioning, and sitting on the couch all day for Saturday football.

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I miss stupid things like this though.

What to do?

For now, I am going to take a step back and analyze all of the good that I have in my life because it is so plentiful.  Beauty surrounds me!  I still have some months to think things over, explore options, and bounce ideas off of friends.  I am worried because of the uncertainty but I am calm because there is the surety that my support group and faith will guide me in the direction I need to go…

…wherever that may be.


Living abroad has provided ample space for my mind to wander.  This is both a blessing and a curse.  Finding my path again is always the goal.  What challenges your thoughts when traveling?  Let me know in the comments below!

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2 thoughts on “Facing Uncertainty While Living Abroad

    • I have you to thank for that picture. 😉

      Always thinking of coming home. Still have a lot of time available here in Thailand but mulling over possibilities right now. And I’m sure I’d be happy to come and visit here again!

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