In one month’s time, we need to be out of Thailand, because our visa will expire.
While the last Thai official gave me a double-entry visa, James did not get the same treatment. Being here just shy of 10 months, he is ready to leave Bangkok too (for many months in fact) but it has become like a second home to me. I am comfortable here so have been dragging my feet about it. But the time has come. I am looking forward to a smaller city, trying new things, and getting a new stamp in my passport…so Malaysia here we come!
And so with it, my personal hell of packing up my belongings. As illustrated by the photo above, I am still quite a packrat. Coming to Thailand, I arrived with two suitcases and a backpack. I was moving here after all! I brought all sorts of clothes, including “business casual” clothes, thinking that I would volunteer and need to look mildly professional.
Those clothes and many others have sat in each closet we’ve been to, being used all of once, on a trip to get our visas extended and never to volunteer, of course. And from there, my belongings have grown ever so slightly (*cough*), mostly in art supplies.
Ironically, for the last 8 months, or so, I’ve seen travelers arriving to Bangkok with huge backpacks and I wonder, what can they have in them? And yet, as I try to sort and scale back my belongings, I’m thinking my reality again will be two bags and a backpack. We are here to live after all! And this will still require me to get rid of quite a bit of stuff.
James’ logic of ‘you don’t need those things’, of course, does not help. The best way to have a packrat’s hearing turn off is to tell them ‘you don’t need x’, try it if you don’t believe me.
I successfully got rid of about 75% of all of my belongings, to come here. So, I know it is possible and yet at the same time, I am ruled by the “what if I need it” motto. I acknowledge (even in writing) that James is right but I battle myself to release. It’s a process and I’ll update you all on how this goes.
Another resistance though, is I am so far behind on describing wonderful Bangkok, not to mention Krabi, Laos or Cambodia! How can I add a new place? Gahhhh!
So help if you would, below are a snapshot to illustrate some of the things I’d intended to write about. Leave me a note telling me what you’d like to hear about next.
(How I wish those were the *only* posts I’d not written about so far. Sigh.)