I want to introduce a place where I set a goal in my life. I traveled Thailand for about two months before I joined the Army. Among the many places, Koh Tao, the island located 15 hours away from Bangkok was the most memorable. At first, the main purpose of visiting there was to enjoy the "Full-moon party" which was a club party in the beach when full-moon rose. As soon as I arrived at the island, I could feel the enthusiasm. It was literally hot. The weather was hot, the atmosphere was hot and people were hot, too. Many languages were mixed and it covered the whole island.
Because of the room price was too expensive in the beach where the party was going to be held, I decided to get a room in another beach. I had to take a long-tail boat. It took only five minutes to get there. Although I was exhausted at that time because of the 15 hours trip, the combination of clear sky, warm weather, and sparkling surface of the ocean was enough to make me excited. Even the oil smell from the long-tail boat was cheerful. I got a log cabin with only 10$ per day in the beach named "Hot Yao". It was cheap but the setup inside was fancy enough for me. The inside of the log cabin was filled with smell of wood and it was cozy.
The next day, I woke up with birds' singing. No alarm clock was needed. I did not even wash up because the ocean opened its arms to clean me up. It was only 30 seconds to reach there on foot. Words were not enough to describe how beautiful the beach was. Sand covered my feet softly. The Sun warmed sea water perfectly for me. Fishy smell of the ocean encouraged me to swim. After swimming there, I read books on the beach chair with some smoothies or cocktails. After reading books, I watched movie with guests staying there. If the heaven really exists, it must be there. I was burning my 22's summer on the beautiful island, Koh Tao.
One day, I was lying down on a hammock which was hung between palm trees right in front of the beach. I was meditating by staring the red face of the Sun. The flaming sunset forced me to be sensitive. The only sounds that I could hear were the cry of the seagull and the sound of the waves. I closed my eyes and allowed myself to be in the nature's musical. Many thoughts passed by. They ranged from my identity to the poverty problem of the world. Suddenly, all of my thoughts were connected. That was "How can I bring joy to others".
I realized that I was too self-concentrated at that time. In other words, to live my life only for me, I could not notice people around me. With the thoughts as a momentum, I have changed in many ways. I started to help people who less favored than me. Also, I made my mind to become a diplomat so that I could help people not only in my country but also in other countries. I finally found my supreme goal in my life.
These days, I am literally burning myself to realize my goal. The beautiful beach in Koh Tao made me to finish hesitating and worrying about my future. It fueled me to have passion and it upgraded my depth of thinking. It was my turning point. That's why the island Koh Tao is meaningful for me. When I finish realizing my long-term goal, I hope I can revisit the Koh Tao again and find my 20s' hesitations and worries that I left in my 22's summer.