Time unravels in Hanoi

Perhaps its the beer or the food or the wandering of 12k steps each day. Time has unraveled and its left the building. Maybe its also the fact that happiness each day has arrived after so many years of just surviving. Once my daughter asked me back in 2012 if I was happy. It took me a moment. So many things had happened. I lived at home in the midst of a divorce, found myself with nothing really to create happiness. I was just stuck living in a nothing life at a nothing time. I had no real clue when things would get better. Happiness? No. I just told her the truth that I had not been happy since 2009. I’ve spelt out the reasons here before so won’t belabor them.

So when 2018 came around, I had given notice at work. One final big cloud project was wrapping up. A week late it got done and by end of February I was done. My boss and I are friends now. But we did not start that way. I threatened to leave back in 2017 with our group VP. He was shocked I think and took action. I will always be thankful to him for being there for me. In the end it meant when I left it was successful and not just bailing on a thing.

I thought these things again like I have done millions of times since leaving. I emailed my boss at Veritas and heard back almost immediately. He’s a good guy and we traveled a few big projects with large dollar signs attached.

Now its evening in Hanoi and I know I did my best there. Time unravels and I think back to the days of yesterday and today. Time unravels in Hanoi. I sit in a cheaper hotel room with good WiFi and see all the things. But today I saw these things. I had a few beers and then a few more. Why? Because I can.

Here’s some stuff from today after the rain stopped. Hope you enjoy.

So there you have it, the pictures and the thoughts. Perhaps inspired by some beer tonight. I guess I have found the sweet spot of life in Hanoi. I eat, drink, walk 12k steps in a day and repeat.

I also heard from my wonderful daughter force. Never anticipate or assume a thing. Hardly ever is it true and I’m glad I waited to hear from her. I may not agree with all the steps she has taken but the end result is a thing she wants. Who am I to stand in the way of a person testing out being an adult and making life choices.

Author: Michael Perry

I've been blogging for over 20 years and now am living in Southeast Asia. The blog is about my slow vagabonding wherever I want to go. My home base is in Cambodia but I'm rarely there.