185 days - 185 posts
My time in China is over, and so is this Blog.
It’s been a blistering roller-coaster of emotions, and I haven’t even told you everything. As honest as I’ve been, there is only so much I can write about and maintain my dignity. Some of those stories will have to wait until we meet face to face.
I want to thank every single one of you for reading. I didn’t realise until now how enjoyable writing really is, and knowing it’s given some of you out there some joy makes the entire operation a thousand times more rewarding. Thank you.
Thank you to all the people who commented, sent me letters, skyped me, sent me care packages. You are the crispy sweetness of my michelin star pork bun. There may be another blog in the future, if I ever do anything worthwhile with my life, if there is I’ll make sure you know about it!
I could go on and break down all my experiences for you (teaching, travelling etc) but my friend Dave did a marvellous job of that in a post I linked you to earlier. Let’s just summarise it quickly by saying it has been the most revolutionary, eye opening and incredible 6 months of my life.
If I ever read this again in the future, I want to ask myself: Are you still writing? Are you eating well and exercising regularly? Did you ever get that rash looked at? (last one was a joke…honest)
I will leave you with one last story.
When I first started teaching in Houjie, I met a young girl called Linda. She was the most petite human being I’d ever seen. About 7 years old, she had a speech impediment which prevented her from communicating effectively. I was under the assumption she would be a nightmare to teach, she’d just sit at the back and keep herself to herself surely.
I’ve met many students in the past 6 months but no one quite like Linda. The enthusiasm she bought into every class was…something else. Bare in mind this girl had never spoken English before in her life. When asked a question she’d stand and smile and try her best. By the time I left her she could count above and beyond 10, talk about the weather, say her age and ask casual questions, can you fly?, can you do magic tricks?
Bravery is about starting something with the knowledge that you could never possibly succeed. With this definition in mind, Linda is one of the bravest little girls I’ve ever met.
Life isn’t about succeeding. When you start thinking you can succeed in life, it opens up the possibility of failing at life, and by most peoples definition of ‘success’ almost all the people in the world failed a long time ago. Not everyone has the perfect job, vast amounts of money, fame or fortune. Not everyone hits the jackpot. Not everyone wins. A fact that China has revealed to me time and time again.
I suppose it’s a lot like travelling. Don’t focus to much on the destination otherwise you won’t appreciate your exploits on the way. Balance your concentration on the beginning, the middle and the end of whatever you do.
Thanks for reading boys and girls.
Thank you China for the past 6 months.
It’s been a pleasure
And that, my dear friends, is that.