How are you? [Is this starting to feel like therapy yet?]
I've been thinking about that the most asked question, 'What did you learn in 2020? And how can we do better?'
I feel like the world learned that the consequences of people's actions are more wide reaching that we ever thought possible. In recent news, Thais who were working in the 'entertainment industry' in Myanmar sneaked across the border and ended up infecting the local population with COVID, causing a scare and some significant hotel cancellations for the upcoming holidays in the North.
Before COVID, being able to trace this, breaking of rules, etc, would have largely gone unnoticed. But now it's like live action footage. It won't be long before they figure out how to make everything we touch glow like neon phosphorescence leaving fingerprints on surfaces, so be careful of where you scratch yourself in public.
This year I learned that I'm lucky. I used to feel like a loser out here in Thailand, low-paying job, no great achievements or possessions. But 2020 gave me a good shake (à la Airplane!), and I was reminded that I have my health, a wonderful partner, and purpose -- to be the best person I can be (*yawn, eye roll*), and to write, write, write!
Although, I've gotta be real honest with you, I'm so ready to pound on the neighbor's door and tell that little brat to SHUT UPPPP! Oh, dear. Heard something break. It's quiet now... Nope, they've started up again. To be fair, his much older brother is probably torturing him. I would.