Life is changing for me in a very good way with the move to Beijing so I would like to reflect on the life I am leaving behind.
It was with some anxiety about my future when I moved to Changzhi 16 months ago, as I was leaving my children, a job that I loved, friends, and my warm cozy house. Mark and Simon did a great job getting the apartment ready for me, so when I arrived I was ready to take on the world. It only took a few weeks to realize that the life I knew, was not going to be repeated with much ease. I always thought I was kind of a “go with the flow” person, but living in a place that is totally foreign can be very difficult when you spend the majority of the day by yourself. I learned that it was okay to spend the day by myself, going for a walk every morning, enjoying blogging on the computer, reading, taking a nap, day after day, day after day. It sounds good to most, but gets old very quickly when you have no one to share the day with. So I learned many things about myself, that I will not miss with the move.
I won’t miss a freezing cold apartment where I had to carry hot water bottles around me all day long in order not to freeze, and that was with the heat on. I totally despise being cold, and the thought of another cold winter could push me over the edge. Our new apartment will be much better.
I learned many things about politics from watching “Bloomberg’, and stocks from watching CNBC nightly with Mark’s co-workers. I think I learned enough for a life time so I won’t have to watch these shows anymore.
To be able to put a load of wash in the machine and not worry about checking on it every 5 minutes to see if it tipped over will be a treat.
To be able to turn on the heat, oven and micro wave at the same time and not blow the circuits.
To go into a bathroom and not smell any foreign odors.
To not have black slippers, or socks even though the floor is mopped constantly.
To not hear the constant banging of hammers, and the constant beeping of horns day and night.
It was Laura who suggested that I get a sewing machine to help pass the time, which was a wonderful idea. I would remind myself while sewing that if I were at home I would not be sewing during the day, but trying to cram it into the evenings. I made 4 quilts so a huge accomplishment.
We joined a gym, and I learned that I really did like to swim. Thanks mom for making me take the swimming lessons over and over to finally get in the water.
I learned that I really do like eggplant, watermelon, lemon ice tea, and still do not like lots of garlic and spicy food, and not real milk.
I learned that I enjoy blogging and can do more on the computer that I ever thought I would be able to do.
I now enjoy (don’t hate) deep pressure massages.
In the last year, I have been stretched in more ways than one, and as some would say “stronger for it”. I don’t know about that, but have much stronger likes and dislikes.
I have learned,
Whenever people would ask where I lived in China, and Beijing would be mentioned, I would say that I would be on cloud nine if I lived there.
Well here I go, I have always enjoyed my trips to Beijing, so I am ready to climb mountains with my positive attitude. Will let you know!