Reflecting on My Private World
Water is My Freedom
At first, the idea of traveling without work being the focal point of my trip is highly unsettling. I am at ease roaming around alone for business - this is my world. I am not comfortable setting work aside to plan a vacation with a friend. I imagine life without a strict schedule dictating time and the forthcoming freedom is seductive.
At the time we make our reservations, travel to Koh Samui is not a paralyzing concern. The only drawback is there are no longer direct flights from Chiang Mai. All flights go through Bangkok. We soon forget this slight inconvenience and focus on the exciting moments ahead.
Our trip is next week. I have ample time to do my usual research before we leave. We want to know what is available but prefer to keep an open program.
Suddenly all comes to a screeching halt. COVID-19 is back strong in Thailand. The focus is on containing the disease. Due to travel restrictions, we are postponing our plans. Once again, we are living in the unknown.
Yes, we are disappointed. But, once the government says it is safe to travel, we will go to Koh Samui. Our dreams are on hold - not canceled. For now, I will reflect on my private world as I swim in Chiang Mai.
Nothing can curtail my dreams - water is my freedom.