Who would have thought?

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?

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8 thoughts on “Who would have thought?

  1. “We might understand life more easily by looking back, but we have to live it looking forward, not knowing what is ahead.” I love that. This is another wonderful post. Thank you.

  2. Thanks N – I read something along these lines once, and I find it a really helpful approach to encourage me to move on from something I might otherwise get stuck in. Thank you so much for your encouragement and support

  3. You capture it so perfectly in here – that sense of moving forward even if looking back makes more sense. “We might understand life more easily by looking back, but we have to live it looking forward, not knowing what is ahead.” Now that is a quotable. Four years, and congratulations for all you’ve endured and all you have created. ~Catherine

    • Thanks for your words, C – yes it is good, if unbelievable in some ways, to be right here right now 🙂 Please see the comment below too, for the source of the quote which I had unwittingly paraphrased. I vaguely remembered seeing something similar, and now I know where it originated. Warm hugs to you 🙂

  4. Great writing P. and thanks for sharing. I remember you joining the team… 🙂 and indeed, who would have thought how much would happen and change in 4 years…
    The quote – I believe – comes from the existential, Christian philosopher Søren Kierkegaard who apparently said both: “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” and ““It is perfectly true, as philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition, that it must be lived forwards.” and various other interesting things: http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/6172.S_ren_Kierkegaard
    All the very best, G xx

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and for your lovely words. Yes, I remember that arrival so clearly, the enthusiasm and anticipation of a longer contract and settling into Yangon completely unaware of the twists and turns ahead. Thank you too for identifying the source of the quote which I had paraphrased – I am just about to edit this so that it is correctly referenced.

      You should pop back and visit Yangon – it has changed SO much, though we still have the occasional old taxis with wet seats, lyongis, chinlon playing at 4 pm and beautiful thanaka designs 🙂

      I hope are all well – hugs to you all from the monsoon 🙂

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