As I settle into the predictability of returning to university, I begin to accept the fact that my adventure in Thailand is, ultimately, finished. Daily I lament about how much I miss it, both vocally and in thought, and I am continuously amazed by the number of things that I have integrated into my life as a result of my trip. It appears that most of my favorite jewelry and accessories all come from abroad, and I find correlations to instances on my vacation in nearly every conversation I have. But my adventure has been finished for over a month now, and I’m only just beginning to accept the realities of my regular life again.
A few weeks ago I pulled up my on-running Bucket List, or a compilation of things I want to do at some point in my life. I prefer that definition to “things I want to do before I die,” because the latter seems to add a morbid touch to an otherwise Biophilic notion. My personal list is rough and leaves much room for improvement, and I’ve been altering it as I go along. Already it has over 85 goals, ranging from simple, easily attainable tasks like skydiving and riding a mechanical bull to more difficult, long term goals, like learning multiple languages and studying abroad. Some of my goals are slightly redundant, but their redundancy is only because I wasn’t satisfied with the simplicity of the first idea.
Upon my return from Thailand, I found that I had finished seven of my pre-determined goals. I’ve already blogged about most of these things, and will post links to each post or provide a short summary for the things I have not already written about. You can find my full bucket list HERE, or by clicking on the tab at the top of my page.
Item #1: Travel in Thailand.
Item #2: Go to Asia.
This is a primary example of the redundancy in my list, but I consider this goal only half attained. Before visiting Thailand, I had zero interest in traveling in Asia. Even as I planned my trip, I was convinced that I would go to Thailand and that would be the scope of my Asian adventures, but upon my arrival I found that I had made an error. I fell in love with the people, the landscape, the cultures and the lifestyle. I can’t wait until I get my next opportunity to delve more deeply into the varying cultures of Asia, particularly Southeast Asia.
Item #3.5: Ride an Elephant.
This is an item I had to amend after my stay at the Elephant Nature Park. My desire to ride an elephant hasn’t diminished, but after learning about the horrible cruelty many of these animals undergo in order to be ridden I found that I had to cross this item off my list.
Item #4: Visit a tiger sanctuary/Pet a tiger.
This was an awesome experience, but I would absolutely recommend doing a bit of research before selecting a “refuge.” Some of these are considerably worse than others, and most animal “parks” are very unfair to their animals. Some parks go so far as to deprive their animals of food, force them to live in sub-par living conditions, or drug them to make them safer for human interaction. I visited the Tiger Kingdom, and the animals looked well-fed, healthy, and alert through the duration of our stay.
I added many other things to my list after coming back as well, and at the moment it seems like I’ll never finish my list. With each new experience I learn about other adventures that I can’t imagine dying without trying. Seven down, 79 more to go…. for now.