The moment we landed in Minnesota, I felt my body present but my heart was still in Thailand. I was honestly glad to come back home until I realized how grateful I’d be if the trip was one week longer. I truly enjoyed my time in Thailand and I learned so much about myself.
Since the beginning, I told myself that I shouldn’t cover up who I was and I should just be myself whether people like it or not. I was afraid of not making any friends because I can be loud and weird MANY times. What I learned most about myself was that I like people and I like making friends. I haven’t made a friend during my first year at the U of M because I am a commuter and worked right away after my classes. I never had time to meet people. Coming to Thailand and building these bonds with different people was nice. It’s refreshing to know that people still accept me (I think). I learned to appreciate people and their presence. People weren’t the only thing that I learned to appreciate. Coming back home from Thailand, I think I have changed to become a better person. Intentions really challenged me on this trip and I learned that my intentions really does matter.
Prior to this trip, I wasn’t such a good sister and daughter to my family. I’ve been having personal issues with everyone in my family but this time I came home with different intentions. I want to treat my family good and not start random problems that are not necessary. I’ve learned to appreciate my relationships and family as well.
I think if I return Thailand someday, I would like to go with my family so they can experience what I did. No one will understand until they have been in my shoes and felt my experiences. I’m coming back to you Thailand.