In light of recent events. I have realised just how naive we are to the events going on in the world. It has really opened my eyes to what is going on and really put some things into perspective. The past couple of days I have been trying to understand why and I have had a lot of anger towards the world.
We think it won’t happen to us but on Monday evening, news broke that there was a deadly explosion in central Bangkok and I found myself frantically calling one of my best friends to see if he was ok. He passes nearby the area, around that time every day to change his bus on the way to work. Luckily, he was fine and had gone to work early.
This was a situation I never thought I would see myself in but here I was calling loved ones to check if they were safe in lights of a terrorist attack.
This was a horrible tragedy and one that is rare in Thailand. My love for this country still remains, if not stronger. Thailand is my home and the country is a big part of my life and it always will be. I have been so sad, and I have been finding it very difficult to understand why someone would do this to beautiful, kind-hearted, innocent people, and disturb what was a relatively calm country.
What’s been the most interesting part is how the English and the Thai media have been reporting this story. On the English news, they are picking and choosing what they report on, not the full story. In the Thai news, the story is a lot more real, shocking and eye-opening. Because of this reason, I am seeing far too many things on social media about ‘how nowhere is safe anymore’ from people back at home that is only getting the English media’s point of view, and this really grinds my gears.
Let me put something into perspective here. What could happen in any country in this world could happen in your own hometown or even right on your doorstep, but yet constantly I am hearing of people quickly judging foreign lands and labelling them as “not safe” because of one event that could easily happen anywhere else.
As a solo female traveller, I hear very often “Oh are you not afraid of being attacked or raped?” Of course, it crosses my mind and I always exercise common sense, like not going out alone at night and always going with my first gut instinct, but the way I see it is that robbery, rape, murder or an attack of any sort could happen right on my own doorstep, but yet people are quite happy to say to me that home is safe, but in reality and yes, my own opinion; it’s as safe as anywhere else on this planet.
I am not going to live my life in fear. I am going to keep travelling and seeing the beauty in this world underneath the broken cracks because there is still a lot of it.
Rip to the victims of the Bangkok bombings. My thoughts are with the families and loved ones of the victims. #prayforbangkok