Well….it’s official! Abby and I have been living here in Cambodia for an entire year!! I would love to fly on the oh so common statement…”that went fast!”, (despite the fact that it did) but I can’t. I think I am more inclined to stare at you with wide, deeply serious eyes, take a deep breath and say, ” wow, what reeks?” JOKES! Sorry it’s too hard to be serious….Truthfully though, I don’t know how to summarize a year of Camp-Bloat-Ya in a single statement! I just can’t! I am pretty sure though, that a bunch of reflective Circle People cartoons will help me out! Yup, all you Circle People fans out there….this ones for you! I felt these scribbles would be most appropriate being that the whole concept of them happened after coming here! So please enjoy the following post!
Here we are depicted back in early 2012! After a series of conversations (I was informed we had) I agreed to move with Abby to Cambodia. We decided to wait one year to get everything in order. In all honesty, as exciting as it sounded, I half thought we wouldn’t go through with it! I mean WHO on earth firmly decides to move to a country across the world, THEN checks a map to learn where this place is and what language they speak, and actually follow through with it!? We do!!! Cuz we’z smart!! Yeeeehaw
Yeah so, very soon after arriving there was a definite shock factor! I didn’t realize I was moving to one of the craziest places in the world! I knew it would be intense. I knew learning the language would be hard. And I knew jumping back into pioneering would be a struggle! But come on!!! Seriously people. The heat, the pollution, the traffic….the nose picking! Oh and the smell! At one point I would yell at guys who were peeing publicly on walls as we drove by saying “your stinking up the city!!!!” Moto rage! Lol. It was an utter and complete assault to all my senses! Put it this way, in a sometimes tearful or as I mentioned loud way, we truly realized we had no idea what we got ourselves into. But like most stubborn people, we were not going to give up too quickly! What doesn’t kill ya…..might mangle ya! Jokes
After a few months, Abby decided this place was for her! Things seemed to be going really well for her and she had latched onto our new lifestyle. I on the other hand, seemed to be enduring trial after trial. I was in a sense mad she liked it here because I disliked it so much. Mostly because of the awful things I was dealing with. If she at any moment said she was done, I would have been done too! This being said, there still remained this ridiculous feeling that I can’t give up! My brain contained a battle of epic proportions….go…NO STAY….go…STAY!! What baffled me the most though, was when I envisioned our new life here in Cambodia, it was like I just KNEW I would be helping Abby cope and certainly NOT the other way around!
To say the least I have had lots of time to think! A whole year! And now I am really quite wise! Haha. Ironically I drew my version of “The Thinker” depicted as me because I honestly feel I went and continue to go through a molding process. A sometimes very painful molding process! The only reason it hurts so much is because I started off the year as a lump of half dried clay. I don’t suggest anyone let themselves become that way! You won’t get anywhere if you crack under pressure! Be pliable! ………..see guys, WISE!?
Through thick and thin I have kept up this blog. It has literally been a coping mechanism for me. But I am also the type of person who needs a creative outlet, so this was my ticket! So whenever anything crazy, gross or ridiculous happened I immediately tried to find the humor in it, so I could write about it! Figuring out that I actually enjoy writing was hilarious to me in itself because I hate reading! Finding out people actually read this blog, was even funnier!
No I haven’t conquered the world, but I have conquered “this year!” It’s complete! We both survived and we have all our limbs!! We are about to sign another year lease for our apartment. I’d say that’s growth!! It may have been the hardest year of my life thus far, but it has been the best for me as it has made me a far stronger person. And though my gauge only measures myself…. I feel like I am a better person as well!! So I will end on a small, not necessarily complete list, of things I have learned this year….because I love to share! ( Actually I hate sharing, but its my latest project so if I say it, maybe it will come true! )
“The List of Things Sarah learned in 2013” ….
1. Always drive with your mouth closed and your visor down!
2. Cambodia has a more than reasonably acceptable amount of scream sneezers! ( The people who scream and sneeze…instead of just plain old sneeze!)
3. Abby is soooooo clutzy! I never knew it before! I am flabbergasted! I am not kidding, the other day she passed me on her way to the sink to clean off the remote control that had a huge blob of ketchup on it! Not a spatter, a massive blob! Don’t ask me about white shirts, last portions of delicious food or little ledges built for tripping people!
4. Never cheap out on toilet paper! Just……just trust me okay! Don’t do it! And on that note, never trust a fart! Especially here!
5. It won’t become easy till it stops being hard! Hint hint: trials start and trials end!
6. Finding a hair in your food is the LEAST of your worries!
7. Keep your life simple! STOP buying stuff!! It’s just stuff!
8. Any place can be home with good coffee! Um, can someone send me some good coffee?? Jokes
9. I will never say ” OH I LOVE the heat!” I used to say that always. I thought having lived in Australia for 2 years meant I knew heat! Nope! You have no idea!
10. And I realize this sounds really After School Special of me, but……TRY! Always do your best because nothing good comes easy!!
PS! So our official day was Feb 7th! We had planned to get a few friends together and go for a yummy dinner and have an epic night! INSTEAD, both Abby and I have been sick for a week! Finally went to the doctor THAT day as I was fed up with being sick! I was told I had a regular irregular heart beat and was immediately sent for an echo test and ultra sound on my heart!
As you may notice this picture looks like it was from 1973. I put a filter on it to look that way to match the condition of the equipment they used to do most of my testing. All and all, it was a FALSE alarm and I am SERIOUSLY FINE!!!! I got to see and hear my heart for only $42!! DEAL! OH YEAH! In the end, the day may not have been epic….but at least it was informative and relatively cheap!
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