NO  CONTROL

One challenging thing about living in Indonesia, and in many developing nations, is that you quickly learn that you are not in control. You can plan, plan, plan, but those plans can be changed in a heartbeat–and you have no control over it whatsoever!

What do you do when you have frequent power outages (and no generator backup)? That shows you who’s in charge.

What do you do when people frequently arrive to your home 45 minutes early for a meeting, or 2 hours late? That shows you who’s in charge.

What do you do when you plan to fly somewhere, and the plane is delayed–several hours–which is not uncommon. That shows you who’s in charge.

What do you do when you want to drive yourself somewhere, and there are no clear maps, nor road signs. That shows you who’s in charge.

What do you do when you have unexpected guests, and they decide to stay several hours–and you are culturally obligated to entertain them. That shows you who’s in charge.

What do you do when you want to conduct simple business, like pay for an electric bill, or arrange for a repair person to fix something in your home…but all of your diligent language study doesn’t benefit you when they speak one of the other 700+ languages of Indonesia. That shows you who’s in charge.

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