Life is what you make it

I was thinking of what to write about for the first post of this year. I had a few post ideas like fake documents and villa rental scams, but didn’t want them to be the first post for the year.

I just noticed that I started this blog in April 2009, so this will be the tenth year of running this site. I can’t say my writing has been prolific I have always managed to write the odd post even when my life has gotten crazy.

So much has changed in the past ten years with my life, Bali and the internet. Social media has been the biggest change and niche blogs are less popular than they once were. How many people use RSS feed readers now to find things to read? I remember once when that is all that bloggers obsessed over.

Bali seems as popular as ever both as a tourist destination and a place to live. Like with many places in the world, globalization is taking over. We now have both McDonalds and KFC in Singaraja where I live. Rice fields keep disappearing only to be replaced with car parks and Mini Marts.

Sure life is more convenient, being able to order food from your phone, fiber internet almost ubiquitous. Bali is most certainly “home” for us and we still love living here as much as ever.

I was searching for a nice quote yesterday and came across this one from Seth Godin, which I think sums up my life in Bali:

Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.

This is an article that caught on my eye last year about regrets and I thought it was interesting how they used moving to Bali as an example of something you might regret.

Everyone has regrets, but you always imagine that those regrets revolve around the mistakes that you think you made. Maybe you regret calling off your wedding. Maybe you wish you hadn’t married the man you chose. Maybe you want to quit your job and move to Bali, but you’re worried it’s the wrong choice.

There is a lot of truth in this also:

In the short term, people regret their actions more than inactions,” Gilovich said. “But in the long term, the inaction regrets stick around longer.

Many people always to start off the new year with high hopes of doing something new or changing their lives, whether it is moving to a different country or starting a new career, but then go back to their ordinary lives as February comes around. Kind of like me with this blog.