Enough is Enough

Day 83:  Thailand 

I arrived in Bangkok super early.  Immigration was a nightmare.  Since it was so early they only had a couple of lanes open with hundreds of people waiting to get in the country.  I literally stood in line for over 2 hours.  By the time I made it through, my luggage was no where to be found.  When I asked the lady at the luggage desk she told I had to call a phone number about retrieving and finding my missing luggage.  I was so exhausted that I couldn't even stop the tears from welling up in my eyes.  I came this far only to lose my luggage because a poorly managed immigration line.  Luckily, when I turned around I spotted my bags on the floor next to the carousal they had come off of.  I wiped my tears and went in search of a place to sleep for a few hours. 

Trying to sleep in the airport proved nearly impossible.  I could not stop coughing and every time I closed my eyes the woman next to me would wake me up. I think she was afraid that if I fell asleep someone would steal my belongings.  So, I waited for what felt like an eternity to check into my flight to Chiang Mai.

As soon as I got into the airport I went in search of food.  Unfortunately, it was so early nothing was open.  So, I had to wait until I got to Chiang Mai.  While the flight was fine, I was miserable.  I was exhausted and felt awful.  All I wanted was a comfy bed.  I couldn’t wait to get to our AirBNB and take a nap.

As soon as I landed I went to get a taxi to our house.  The only thing I could think of was the comfy bed I was about to crawl into.  Brian met me at the door and helped me get my bags inside.  I immediately put my pajamas on and got in bed, only to find out that it was like sleeping on a plank of wood.  It was so hard and so uncomfortable, but It didn't really matter.  My exhaustion won over my comfort and I was asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.  

I really struggle with self care and it is becoming extremely clear to me that I get to figure that out because enough is enough.

When I woke up Brian had a birthday present for me.  We won’t be together for my birthday, so he gave it to me early.  It is a painting of an elephant and pretty much looks like my The Journey Within logo.  I love it.  He is truly the best brother I could have asked for.  I am so grateful that we are taking this journey together.  

After I opened my gift, I went back to sleep.  Its time to start listening to my body and I am tired.

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