Land of smiles
Thailand is a country close to my heart. I had my first nine years in the slum in Bangkok with my beloved grandmother. My father died when I was six. It was extra special to go back this time because I brought my fiancé to meet my family. Everyone was so excited to see us, and I could hardly keep my tears back. While we were there, I got so many flashbacks to the time we all lived together. All the children played and argued as siblings, and the grown up naboers shared meals like they where all a port of a big family.
As a child, I remember lying on the ground and looking up on the clouds. I lived in the present, but I dreamed a lot. And one of the dreams I had was to support my grandmother, who gave me a home when I needed it the most. I was visualising for myself the day we could all live together without worrying about tomorrow. As long as we were together.
In 2004 my mother brought me to Norway and I got the opportunity of a lifetime. Everything was possible in Norway! When I was 15 I convinced my crazy but fantastic step-father (who has adopted me) to start an online pet-store with me, which turned out to be a good idea. At age 17 I started @interior123 , which also turned out to be a good idea. When I was 20 I meet my husband to be. I have had the opportunity to see both sides of life and I have learned a lot from it.
2017 was a really tough year for me, but I would never been without it. It thought me more than any other year I have lived. It was also very good to leave that year behind me. I learned how to achieve “things” in Norway, and I am forever grateful for that knowledge. Even more importantly, I learned how to be truly grateful and not compare myself too much with others from my thai relatives.
I believe in unity, mutual respect and most importantly; to be grateful! I believe that the key to a happy life is to appreciate what you already have, instead of always focusing on what you do not have yet. I have also experienced first hand that it's easier said than done, but being aware helps a lot. My grandma and my cousins often remind me of how lucky I am and how far I have come. That gives me motivation to work harder. So I one day can fully support them and give them the opportunities I once received.
Thank you for reading my story, and remember to set of time and be emotionally present with those who really matters! It really doesn't matter if you end up in a huge house, have nice cars and a lot of expensive things, if you have nobody to share it with. Always take care of those who really matters to you!