It’s 6:22am. I’m sitting in San Francisco International Airport. I landed here seven & a half hours ago from New York, & I leave in five & a half hours for Shanghai. & then a short flight to Phnom Penh. & then a bus to Siem Reap. All in all, two & a half days of travel. A lot of sitting. A lot of waiting. But no big deal, when you have a one-way ticket.
A few months back, on my first visit to southeast asia, I came into the trip knowing when I’d be leaving. Almost immediately, it created a sense of pressure that lasted throughout. Not bad pressure, & not a significant amount, but it was there. During the travels, I met plenty of people some staying in the region as short as two weeks & some staying as long as “who knows.” The latter were always the people that seemed most… relaxed, or zen, or whatever you want to call it.
It’s not that they were definitely going to stay forever (although maybe they were). It’s more that they’d allowed themselves the space & time to truly be there in that moment & that experience. Time, for them, seemed slower. It didn’t matter so much. I wanted that.
The night I got to Ko Tao, I wandered into a bar & got to talking with the bartender, who had waved me in, & his lone patron, a 40something year-old Australian man who calls Vietnam home. The conversation was rich — mainly focused around life, & travel. How lucky were we, all a long way from home, to be there in paradise?
At a certain point in the discussion — I think we were talking about all the different approaches & paths one could take in life — the Aussie said to me, “If you want to do something in life, then wake up & fuckin’ do it.” Now, obviously it’s not always that simple. (Life is complicated. & some are more fortunate than others.) But more importantly, it’s not always that hard.
Life is long, but life is short. Do the damn thing.
I have felt such massive support & love from family, & my friends. So, thank you to everyone who has been there for some part of this ride. You’ve given me confidence that has carried me to this point, & will carry me further.
So long, for now. See you, sometime. I’ll write here, but the travels will be best documented on Instagram.
Peace & love.
If you’ve done something similar, or if you really want to… If you have any suggestions, or any questions… Please, let me know.