Maybe it’s because of my anxiety, maybe it’s because of my fear of change, maybe it’s because of my incessant planning, or maybe it’s because I’m stubborn — but either way, I hate being invited out at the last second. I hate being surprised by spontaneous plans.
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My heart pounded against my chest and I hoped the jeans and denim shirt I had chosen to protect my skin would be enough if I toppled over into a gravel pit next to a rice paddy. On one of my first laps through town, motorbikes, cars, trucks with chickens on the back raced around us.
It’s not perfect; sometimes it’s incredibly hard to find a decent place to work, and sometimes it’s hard to find motivation when all you want to do is hang out with some amazing new friends you’ve made. But it’s something that works and allows indefinite travel – I’m proof.