Who would have thought?
As I write this, it is exactly four years since we were making that journey from Safdarjung in Delhi to the domestic airport. We were clutching our nomadic essentials from an unexpectedly long stay in Delhi, along with a bundle of paperwork which included those precious visas. The reason for our longer stay.
We were bound initially for Calcutta on a domestic flight and would arrive late in the evening. We would then fly onwards to Bangkok on a three hour flight departing in the early hours of the morning of the 18th June. We would have a ninety minute transfer in Bangkok airport before boarding the first flight of the day to Yangon, bleary eyed and with virtually no sleep. We would arrive, those bleary eyes bug-like, in Yangon ready for the next chapter.
Who would have thought we would still be here four years later, in a very different and exciting Myanmar?
We knew that we would need to get used to certain changes, for example, that internet was difficult to access. I had been blogging in India and Sri Lanka, and recorded our farewell thoughts as we prepared to leave.
Who would have thought that I would not return to Delhi in at least four years?
Who would have known that life was about to take such an unexpected turn?
Who would have known that hidden away amongst our belongings and paperwork, I was concealing two tumours and conveying them safely to our new home?
Who would have known that I would find that writing my way through this would be such a critical lifeline?
Who would have known how many friends I would meet through this?
Of course we cannot know. To paraphrase Soren Kierkegaard- We might understand life more easily by looking back, but we have to live it looking forward, not knowing what is ahead.
So, four years later it is fascinating to look back and realise just how much the ground has shifted in so many ways. When I read the original Feisty Blue Gecko, so many memories come back. It is strange to read those words and feel a strange innocence, which we realise has been wrenched from us when we crossed that line in the sand.
How much has happened in these past four years.
Who would ever have thought? And who would have known, indeed?