I was in Guangzhou, China, for work in the past 3 days. I knew I wouldn’t enjoy the trip but it was a great wake up call for me.
People who knows me well would know that I barely drink latte and I had 4 black coffee this trip, needless to say, it was very exhausting and I needed that much coffee to keep me going. Shower and heater weren’t quite working properly in the hotel… I was totally fooled by the look of the hotel though, definitely reminded me why I shouldn’t judge the book by its cover.
Friends asked me why I was so bugged by this trip since I enjoy traveling so much. I said “people.” I really have nothing against Chinese because I know there are great people in China. However, being there, I just feel people have so little respect for each other. Smoking in a non-smoking area, speaking loudly disregard the rest, or cutting in line to get on the train. These might be very small things but devil hides in details.
As much as I did not enjoy the trip, it served a great purpose. I showed me how lost I am and what I am doing with my life. I was reminded what I am truly passionate about and I need to start pursuing my dream again. I came up with a 3-year-plan while slowly making my way home. The goal is to enter a graduate program by Fall 2016 and in order to do that, GRE, searching for the right program all needs to be done step by step. I will do it but I can use all the help and support I can get.
Life is unpredictable and regardless how well you plan, things can still go south at any given moment. When it does, the more important part is asking the question “what now?”
There were lots of “what now?” asked during last snowboard instructor job. 3 levels of students, one instructor; huge snow storm in Tokyo and highway shut down, etc. I am glad that I had to face many of these last minute problem in the past so I didn’t break down. Certainly, I was stressed, lack of sleep, and completely out of energy at some point. One step at the time is all I tell myself.
Challenge is often given to us for us to see what we are made of and how we can be more. While in the midst of hardship, I can’t say I am thrilled about it but often times, we gain valuable experiences and stories from it, regardless the outcome.
I am happy to say the things turned out to be in our favor at the end of the day and everyone made it home rather smoothly.
I posted a few things I want to do in the year 2014 at the beginning of the year. The next part is actually taking steps to accomplish them. A few days ago I signed up for my 2nd official Spanish classes at a language center and it will start soon after I get back from Japan this time. I also went on a 40 km bike ride today and it was good for me since I want to do an overnight biking trip and hopefully lead to a biking trip around Taiwan. It is important for me to really get those legs working.
Although today didn’t go as smoothly as I wished, a little bumps on the road here and there. However, it was nice to spend some alone time and sort out some thoughts and feelings. It was a beautiful day so I feel great about how it ended.