When Sleep isn't an Option.
I have learned a lot from this experience. I don't want to get right down into every detail right now, but I do want to say what I've learned most of all.
Most of all, I have learned that I really love my family. No group of people drive me more crazy, but I still really love them.
I figured this out when I lost touch with them when I have have troubles connecting to the internet over the past couple days. I couldn't tell them that I was ok, or about my day, or that I love them and there was nothing I could do about it. I got back to my hotel last night around 8:00 p.m. local time (which is about 7:00 a.m. back home) and I rushed to get my computer set up. I tried the connection but I couldn't get it to work. I told the guy at the reception and he gave me the password for the lobby internet. So I gathered my things and headed downstairs to learn the lobby internet didn't work for me either.
I want to point out that I am no computer genus but I have several different ways to fix a connection, none of which worked.
I panicked about the situation till I went to bed just before midnight. I awoke around 3:00 a.m. to use the washroom and when I got back in bed, I lay awake thinking about the internet connection. "Maybe it will work now?" "Maybe someone reset the router." "I bet if I just take a look, it will work."
I got out of bed.
The connection could not be identified.
Back in bed.
I watched the clock until 4:00, knowing I had to be awake by 5. I decided that I would read if I couldn't sleep. Just happened to bring my copy of Into The Wild for my adventure.
Chris McCandless left society for a life on the road. He lost his car, a car he had a love for, in a flash flood while camping in the backcountry of Lake Mead National Recreation Area. "Instead of feeling distraught over this turn of events, moreover, McCandless was exhilarated: He saw the flash flood as an opportunity to shed unnecessary baggage." (Jon Krakauer, Into The Wild).
I got up and got ready for the day.
I don't want to turn into a motivational speaker here. I guess I just want to clear the air while I have some time: I was pretty homesick for a couple days. I missed my folks and my girlfriend and my friends and work and, most of all, my dog. But, they know that I love them and I know that I'll be home really soon. No internet is just a flash flood.
By the way, the car still worked, it just needed to dry out and get a boost of the battery. Good thing I didn't abandon my computer back at the hotel!
And of course, to Jon Krakauer, who can find beauty in the saddest of stories.
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