I had always heard that it was obvious when you came to a place and it was right for you.
I remember landing in London in May 1968 and taking a bus into central London. I saw the chimneys and roof tops, the gray skies, and the old buildings and I KNEW this place! I felt that I had been there before. I connected with this place.
Later, in 1980, when I returned to Tucson for six months to get 'my head together', I had the same feeling. There was a magic there, a healing quality, a spiritual sense. It was the right place for me then and later in 1989 when I returned. The desert was a special place for me. But in 2013 it no longers holds that same magic.
Now in Thailand, I'm feeling that same resonating feeling of groundedness and of freedom. Perhaps, it will only last for a while or perhaps it will last the rest of my life. I have no idea. But that's not the point.
The point is knowing that you are in the right place at the right time. If you're feeling blocked, tired, restless, and unhealthy, it might be that you've outgrown a place. Or maybe it was never right for you.
Of course, most of us can't just throw everything down and move. Or can we? I talk about taking social security and using it to make some of my dreams come true by moving to more inexpensive parts of the world; but everyday I meet people of all ages who are doing the same as me. They are doing computer work or taking jobs that supply them with enough to live on. Or they are planning on working a few more years and retiring. They are courageous and resilient people.
I have to be honest (as I hope I am most of the time) that I've always followed my instincts. I had to know that I'd be okay when I got on that plane to London in 1969 without a job, a place to stay - nothing but $100 in my pocket and a lot of hope. And you know what? It was one of the best decisions of my life.
I feel that this move to Thailand was also a good decision - for however long it lasts.
The picture above is the river that I will be living next to starting in August. There is a gazebo at this house that extends over the river - just right for my yoga! And a nice swim afterwards...