Sitting in the THAI Airways lounge at Suvarnabhumi Airport, waiting for boarding time. This trip is for three nights in Kuala Lumpur to renew my visa.
Each year, when it comes time to renew my visa, I am filled with this pervasive, although low-level, anxiety. What if my visa isn’t approved?
Even though my paperwork is in order, there is always the possibility that an embassy officer, in a fit if capriciousness, could deny my application. That would throw a spanner in the proverbial works!
Of course, that anxiety is irrational. The trip will go smoothly. Tomorrow morning, I will arrive an hour before the embassy opens. The wait will not be too long and since my paperwork is in order, it will be accepted with no hassle. The following afternoon, I will return to collect my passport, a new visa adhered in it. In between, I will enjoy some authentic Malaysian food with friends.
Despite knowing that, the anxiety persists.