Today is March 3rd, 2016 and there is officially 1 more day of school left. The students are gone and all the grades are finished. I decided this will be my last year teaching at my current school and my future is looking very open at the moment. I have no idea what I’ll decide to do but I can say it feels good to leave my future somewhat uncertain.
Reflecting on my time in Thailand I often wonder how my experiences could of been better. It’s funny how enjoyable work becomes when you don’t stress anymore. For example, the fact that I’m not coming back to my school next year has allowed me to ease up a bit in the office.
This school year has by far been the best year so far. I almost thought I was becoming a victim of the ‘one year too many’. Anyone who has lived or is living in Thailand should know what I’m talking about.
At the end of every contract you start to get a sense of relief and accomplishment. All the bad that has happen is undone by one simple fact and that’s your going to be out of work soon. Who knows if I do it subconsciously or not but I’d rather not get all psychological about it.
I’ve been training myself to hate the feeling of being content. Specifically speaking, because for the past 3 or so years I’ve been mentally training myself to like where I’m at. It’s a known fact that routine is ingrained in our minds. I’m 27 years old and I have to say I live a very comfortable life in Thailand. So why would I want to change that?
I once heard someone say, “Work for someone else and your future is never secure. Work for yourself and you can decide your future”.
There’s no need to over emphasize the meaning of that quote. It’s a way I’ve chose to live my life by and I’ve always planned to pursue that dream. My dream in life is to work for myself. I want to be my own boss. If there’s ever a time to fail I figure it’s now. I’m not married, I have no children and I’m still relatively young and healthy.
Thailand has been a wonderful environment for me to furthering myself. I’ve learned a lot about the digital world and the power of content. There’s no secret formula to it. It’s write, write and write. When google feels like awarding you a spot then you get it. People find you and boom. Ok maybe it’s not so simple but my point is that I feel like I’m ready to move on from teaching to something more my style.
Like a lot of people who come to Thailand to teach English. Teaching English as a long term career is not really in the plans.
Why I became a teacher:
- It’s the easiest way to get a working visa.
- I didn’t have enough money to just go on a sabbatical.
- I really wanted to travel.
No more and no less. It really came down to those three things. Everything in between is just apart of the experience being a foreigner in a foreign country. The people you meet and the places you see are all apart of the experience.
More than anything, I get e-mails from people who want to know how they’ll be treated and the possibility of them finding a job. It’s not easy to explain to people that I can’t speak on behalf of Thai people or Thai education. So instead I tell them my opinion based off my experiences. This website is a testament to my experiences in Thailand as a black American, a teacher and an everyday person.
Get out travel and create your own unique experience. As they say if you don’t buy a ticket you can’t win the lottery.