I am feeling very lucky to be writing this blog as I look out at the beautiful Andaman Sea. As life becomes more difficult (my energy is decreasing and I can only walk for very short distances), I can't help but feel very grateful for the many lifetimes I feel I have lived (I'm on my ninth right now!). I have had incredible opportunities and I have met beautiful people who have crossed my path along the way. As you can tell by the last blog, I am also very lucky to have met my husband who tells me I'm brave when I feel as though I'm complaining, who believes in me when I don't believe in myself, who tells me I'm strong when I feel so weak, and carries me when I can't walk. Travis & I toured the island of Phuket by taxi yesterday and feel so fortunate to have chosen the resort that we did. Although not so much accessible with stairs throughout (I can do them with my arm around Travis and he gives me a boost), our room is right on the beach with a gorgeous view. Most hotels are across the road from a beach, or even up on a hill. As we toured the incredible island (although you are risking your life if you work in electricity- note picture below), I couldn't help but wonder where were all the people who have problems walking? There is no room for wheelchairs anywhere, and it struck me, if they are local they must not leave home, and foreigners do not come here for lack of accessibility. I am very grateful to live in a country where I matter, and though maybe we're not quite at the level of California accessibility, opportunities are provided to me to include me in life's experiences, rather than giving me the message that it's easier to just stay home. As Travis helps me into and out of the sea, I can't help but feel the healing power of the salt water as it eases my aching muscles and stiff joints. And new experiences are coming to me daily, off to a ladyboy show tomorrow and Singapore on Monday, lucky girl indeed!
Carol Jean Skinner (née Sharman)