Time is Flying By
“Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the Great Mystery into which we were born.”
Preparing for the Final Month
Time has been moving by quickly. Most of the people I met and "knew" from Tiger Muay Thai have gone back home. I realized that April is almost over, I've been so focused on training, traveling and seeing spots of Phuket with friends that I forgot I have to prepare my final plans for here.
What is there Left to Do?
You know, blogging in this format is supposed to help my "mindfulness" but I haven't been very mindful while in Thailand....
Next week, I have to rent a scooter, book plane tickets to Shanghai, get passport photos taken, and apply for tourist visa to Shanghai. That way I will be able to visa hop in May and extend my journey another 30 days.
The week after that I have to extend my visa. That'll be around 1500 THB or 2000 THB. Again this will require a scooter, and this is the week of the BBQ beatdown. I need to decide whether or not I want to do it.
To Fight or not to Fight, that is the question....
As I'm writing this my mind is conflicted. I've already fought once in Thailand and lost. Adding that to all my other losses in Sanda (Chinese Kickboxing), it really puts a blow into my confidence. I think in the end I will end up fighting in the next BBQ beatdown, but my confidence isn't there. I've been training 1-2 sessions a day 5-6 days a week. Sparring, thinking, and trying to improve.
Plans for June....
Besides my worries of the fight. I'm thinking what I want to do in June after Shanghai. My last week in Thailand will be spent in Bangkok. This will allow me to see one of the biggest places in Thailand, maybe meet some old Kung Fu buddies, and get a cheaper flight home. The rest of June, I'm not sure what to do.
Part of me wants to go to Chiang Mai. There are some great Muay Thai camps up there. While the other part of me wants to go somewhere so that I can train in grappling and Muay Thai.
Am I Content?
Part of this indecisiveness is possibly due to the fact that I'm not content with my skills. I feel that I train really hard. I feel that I put a lot of effort in. Yet, when sparring nights or fight night comes; I lose. The evidence of progress isn't there.
The only benefit that I've gotten out of this training has been being healthy. I'm in good shape. Through this sport, I've learned how to eat better, train smarter, and push myself each day.
Except today. Today is a day for editing videos and eating.
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