It would have been all to easy for me to simply blog on travel in and around Thailand. More so as I know from a survey I carried out last month that this is what most readers want to know about. It was with good fortune however that debate on Thailand matters came second, you see this is where my passion rests. I think a lot, too much in fact and I use this site fundamentally to share my feelings and opinions on my experience of living in Thailand.
What do readers of Dan about Thailand want to read
Just for your interest, I had just over 50 replies to the poll – so fairly small – but useful nonetheless. Here is the top 10, in order, things people say they want to read about on Thailand from my site. I was some what surprised to see ‘working in Thailand’ as having the least interest as I get many messages from readers asking for advice on just that subject.
Is the Grass always Greener?
This blog is in follow up to a couple of things. Firstly, my last vlog that discussed my reason for leaving the UK to come and live in Thailand and then secondly a comment I received regarding this. The vlog turned out to be one of my strongest posts in a couple of months and did particularly well on my social networks where it got well over 100 likes and 25 shares. It hit a chord of making the most of your short time on this world and having the confidence to make big decisions on your life and where it is heading, even if it turns out to be the wrong decision.
At this point, this blog title, about the grass always seeming greener, seems a complete oxymoron to that previous vlog hypothesis; but as one canny viewer commented – perhaps not. The comment suggested I have become far more philosophical in recent blogs on living in Thailand and they drew a conclusion I was perhaps thinking about moving on.
Their comment stopped me in my track. You see in many ways they made a spot on assessment but they probably reached this conclusions based on wrongful assumptions.
I have always loved my time in Thailand, more to the point Pattaya which is where I have always based myself. I quite often get messages from readers outside the country asking how it is possible to come and live in Thailand for so long as it is their dream. While I am answering them little do they know, or anyone else, that I have more recently started to seriously consider making a move – be that relocating somewhere else within the country or away from it altogether.
Making such a move, after taking such a big risk to move to Thailand all those years ago could seem to many crazy. Have I not found a better life than the one I had before, so why would I want to change that?
My answer is this. Life is so short and one of the big leanings I made when I left the UK was how easy it can be if you stay focused and have some kind of a plan. This decision allowed me to change my life in such a big way and absolutely allowed me to mark a new chapter in my life. So, 12 or so years on, why would I not therefore want to make another big change again? It excites me as to the possibility.
Some people never get to make such a change in their life, often living from cradle to grave not only in the same country but within the same region. So, most of their life never gets far away from say a 30mile square radius. To me that is a shame, in fact its tragic, and a missed opportunity for doing something more extraordinary with their one precious life. There is roughly 80 million square miles of land mass on earth and for most to then stick within their own 30 mile square radius draws an equivalent parallel to a parrot living in a cage all its life.
Now I have made the move once, why should I not dare to move on and make such a big move for the second time in my life?
The grass is green in Thailand, don’t get me wrong, but – and sticking with the analogy of this blog title – every year more that I spend living here that grass seems to be losing its colour and the lure of another greener pasture builds all the more appealing.
I love my life and love living in Thailand, but I want to make the absolute most out of my short existence in this world. Making a change again one day could just be the tonic. I will keep you posted!