At 25, I was literally having the time of my life. I got a stable job as a public school teacher. I could do so many things off my bucket list one at a time. I hiked mountains which I lost count. I joined in half marathons. I was a member of the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation, and I even did rock climbing. I was surrounded by many amazing people.
I was having a blast, but I knew that there was something else that I wanted to do outside of the familiar and convenient. I was happy, but I knew that there could be a possibility of greater happiness. I was free, but I knew that there is an utmost form of liberation that I would like to experience myself. I was already doing great things being a teacher, but I knew that I could be meant to do much greater thing in this lifetime. Everything was okay, but I couldn’t take to live just an okay life. I couldn’t just grow old and say that life was okay, but I wanted to be able to say that life was hard but it was at its best and I lived it well. I wanted to get out of my box, and to step out of my comfort zone. I wanted to see the world, to immerse myself in a completely different culture, and to grow as individual.
So I quit my job and left home to grow out of my comfort zone. I moved in Thailand, to live as an expat while exploring the world outside of my box. I want to break through the stereotypes and limitations about traveling when you’re not well off, when you are a woman, when you are both and from a third world.