I procrastinated in writing day 11’s post, scrambling for the perfect moment to write about. After haraunging the hubby for help, I had my “aha moment,” without input from ZJ. This happens far too often; I consult him and in the midst of waiting for a response, I come up with the solution. “Running things past him” in the proverbial sense provides me added comfort, and on some level, just the mere fact that I reached out to ZJ lets me come to my own senses. No idea if that makes sense…
My proudest moment might seem oddly specific, perhaps it should be something along the lines of getting into and graduating Goucher College, accolades I received while at college, bylines, traveling abroad, or having lived and worked abroad for four years. This all pales in comparison as exciting moments (as the Chinese title of this post denotes).
Executing my move to China did not prove an easy feat. Months went by without any word from the university; panic mode set in. I applied to editorial positions in New York City, also without more than the occasional generic email blast let-down. It was also the most assertive decision I made, and for counting indecisiveness among my faults, it is still mind boggling I went through with it. Life would look a little too cookie-cutter.
So why am I most proud of deciding to move to China, and consequentially Xi’an?
Realizing independence. Patience. A world outside the box. Chances to travel. Sticking with my gut because I made up my mind to go to China after visiting Xi’an, meeting XISU students and the Goucher alum employed there in 2007. A happenstance meeting with a taller, lankier man fated to be mine, for better or for worse. Picking up a second language. Continuing to learn that second language even whilst repatriating. Teaching students about writing the news, navigating social media and communicating across cultures. Seeing, tasting, and eating my way through authentic Chinese cuisine. Delighting my tastebuds with Xi’an specialties: 凉皮，肉夹馍，羊肉泡馍，冰峰，葫芦鸡。Learning to do more, while saying less. Complaining and blaming others less. Responsibility for someone other than yourself. Giving up on the little, inconsequential things. “Living” more. Getting outdoors, embracing nature and exploring places I never knew existed in or near my childhood home. Gratitude, kindness, and warmth. Helping others, or trying to, in whatever capacity, and however small it may be. Meeting people from all walks of life and the globe.
Now it is your turn to share your proudest moment…3, 2, 1, and go!
I will be divulging what I would do with my lottery earnings in tomorrow’s prompt, so check back then!