I haven’t posted much lately. There is a huge, life-altering reason to this and I was waiting for the right moment to share it. That time is now.
I will be teaching English in a rural mountain village in Thailand among the Karen people this summer. And possible for longer periods of time in the years to come.
This is a huge decision for me, one that incorporates my love of travel and cultures with my recent past love of teaching. I am filled with purpose and excitement, as well as nervousness.
So many questions and challenges lie ahead. The obvious challenges of teaching English to children who speak a language completely different from my own. A new living situation outside my comfort zone without the modern conveniences I’m used to. The hard work of teaching I once knew so well. Beginning to learn a new language. A cultural set of values and social rules completely unknown to me.
And there’s the elephant in the room I must acknowledge. Fibromyalgia. The very reason I left teaching in the first place, when I was first diagnosed and getting out of bed in the morning was a huge achievement. I have come so far since then. But I still worry.
More details to come as I leap off the cliff and see what awaits below.