Whirlwind, unexpected, indescribable, incredible are just a few of the words to explain 2009. This time last year, we would not have imagined being in the UAE among such incredible people, experiencing new things literally every day. Just this evening one of our dinner companions was talking about “when they lived in Shanghai” while another discussed “living in Thailand” as if everyone lives and works all around the world. We felt like such rubes because this is the first time we have lived outside of the US.
To say that breaking out of our box was hard would be an understatement. It was more like a cataclysmic event. While preparing for the move, it appeared that my blood pressure medicine had stopped working. Pressure was up and down and the doc kept adjusting my meds until she realized that it was related to the move. After the move, it normalized. I thought I had everything under control, but my body knew better.
Arriving in the UAE in the midst of 115 degree (46 celsius) weather (at night) was the first of many “what have I done” moments. In fact, during the first month and into the second, my constant silent refrain was “what was I thinking”. After four months, my new word is awesome. Every day is an awesome experience. At night, I stand on the balcony watching Indian guys playing cricket and every morning I am awakened by the azan or “call to prayer”. Depending on weather conditions, we either get to experience a 180 degree view of the mountains or they may be completely covered in haze or something in between. Another one of those awesome and unpredictable experiences.
Last month, we traveled to Cairo, Aswan, Luxor and next month we go to Singapore, Thailand and Maylasia. This is not even a dream come true, because it is so far fetched, that I never even dreamed it. Bottomline…. We are not experiencing life… we are living an experience. We will do all that we can do while we are here and able. Who knows what next year will bring. Til the next time and the next place.
Clay and Aleta