I noticed something over the years and I might have mentioned it in a line or two in this blog before, but I’ve never written a post about it.
In 1996 I was with my then-wife’s family in Gibson City, Illinois. My father-in-law to be was Thai, having grown up in Thailand. He was Theravadin Buddhist and when he wasn’t saving people’s lives on the operating table at the local hospital he was holding meditation classes for thos that had an interest in it. His name is Somchai Supawanich. He’s a wonderful man that I remember fondly…
He was also a man of few words… but I remember one thing he said that I didn’t understand at the time, but that goes very well with this topic today.
He said that “Americans worry a lot about things… about the future. I think it’s part of the American culture to worry. It’s expected.”
I thought hard about that, and agreed with him on some level since I knew American’s spend their entire lives either in the future or the past and are rarely present for any real interactions with other people. We are a society that is too worried about the past and the future and it’s possible repercussions on us… mentally, emotionally, physically.
But, as I agreed with him I also thought – it couldn’t be any other way. Isn’t everyone in the world worrying about the future? I was sure they were – and yet I had no real experience that backed that up. Until spending time here in Thailand.
You know what? Thai people just DON’T worry about anything.
My girlfriend in 2.5 years has never told me ONE time that she was worried about something.
Anyone have a similar experience? I’m sure all expats here must have noticed this and if you haven’t you can start noticing today and see if it holds true.
I think it’s so surreal… but you know what? I’ve dropped about 4 levels from what I used to worry about too. If nobody is talking about what they worry about – what can I worry about? Why should I?
I wonder what the rate of neurosis is here in Thailand. Virtually non-existent I would think…
Anyone with me?