My adventure in China is coming fast to an end. In two days I will be flying back to Europe for a new adventure and for visiting my family and friends.
China has been such a spectacular adventure, that I think everyone should do something like this at least once in a lifetime – go out of your comfort zone and live differently than you were used to.
This experience has opened my eyes and my mind in ways I did not think it was possible. All the people I have met here we’ll forever be inked on the pieces of my heart. Everything that I have experienced here – good and sometimes very unique – played such an important role in deciding what I want to do next.
And at the moment I find myself in front of a next big step. I haven’t entirely decided what I want to do in the next months, but I do have a clearer vision of the kind of person I want to become and the kind of work I want to do.
That doesn’t mean that I’m not still conflicted: on one side my family and friends are waiting for me to come back and just get a job and settle down. But on the other side, there are all this unknown places I’ve never set foot in, all these people I’ve never got the chance to meet..
The only thing that seems to have helped my crisis was asking myself one question: “What do you want to do most in your life?“. I’ve been reflecting on this question a lot. And that’s how I got a better sense of direction. I know now a little bit more than I knew yesterday or the day before.
“The planet does not need more succesfull people.
The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kind.” ~Dalai Lama
But I’ll talk more about this question in another post. Today it’s all about China!
So, you decide you want to go outside your comfort zone. And what better way of doing that if not moving to a new country? You have friends that went on adventures, and you’re tired of hearing all about their time abroad – you want to go on an adventure too!
You took the decision, book the plane ticket, even found a job. You feel like your soul is bursting out of your chest with anticipation and you get giddy at what lays ahead of you.
Here are my top three reasons why you should give China a chance! My first lesson learned here was to keep an open mind. That’s what I wish for you. Wherever you go, whatever you do – please keep an open mind and remember people will be different, customs will be different, experiences will be different. And that’s ok. It’s more than ok actually – that’s how it’s supposed to be! It’s an adventure, remember?
1. Breath-taking views. Even though China is a very polluted country due to the ever-so-developing industry, there are still a lot of places that will amaze you. Mountains, lakes, vegetation. Everything still blooms and grows.
2. The best damn fruits I’ve ever eaten. Never mind the fact that they’re cheap to buy – I’ve never had better tasting fruits than I had in this country. Everything tastes 1000 times better: watermelons are redder, oranges are tangier, apples are crispier!
3. Life on the edge 24/7. China is bustling with LIFE. Cars, e-bikes, bikes, people everywhere. One minute you’re on the metro going for dinner, the next you’re pushed out of the train by a mass of people. Everything is changing very, very fast. You’ll have to be on your toes every minute of the day (and sometimes the night). But What I’ve learnt from that is also to live in the moment and to appreciate what’s in front of me.
I will end here today. I have lots of packing to do. And most importantly, lots of people to see before I go!
I hope this inspired you to at least give China and re-locating a chance.
Until the next time, Peace & Love.