Wow. My last Thankfulness Thursday was in February of last year. Lately, my thoughts have drifted to dark and ungrateful places. My hope by bringing back these days is to encourage me to enjoy life in a new culture even when it is difficult.
1166. Spicy food – I never liked spicy food back in the US. To be honest, I never really tried it but convinced myself that I couldn’t take it. Here, nearly everything is spicy. It’s difficult to eat at times but so delicious. I’m realizing that I’m tougher than I thought.
I am not even sure how to start this exactly. The wait between these posts (both for you reading and me writing) has been far too long.
Life has been a bit hectic and full of changes lately. Since my last post in June (forever ago, I know), I have been offered a new job which I will be leaving the country for in a few months. After years of dreaming and doubting myself, I am going to be teaching English in China. Better yet, the Disney company will still be my employer.
The joy of taking this new step in life comes hand-in-hand with the fear of change. Am I really moving to a country across the world that I have never been to before? How will I learn Mandarin that quickly? How will I survive without my family and friends? How will I ever be confident enough to teach?
Getting lost on the bus system, lugging huge bags of groceries through the sweltering Florida sun, interacting with students from Norway, and laughing with my new roommates – today was a successful, if long, first day at Disney World.
Everything here does seem a bit more magical from the costumes and outfits that fellow classmates are wearing to the palm trees strung with Christmas lights. I cannot wait to start exploring the Disney parks and learning more about them. This trip is the beginning of something very special.
I wish that I could upload pictures or say more. Right now, the internet is not really working. Thus, this blog is a bit shorter. However, I look forward to sharing more with you in the future.
I love learning wisdom from around the world. Right now, one of my classes is Proverbs where we are learning more about this type of wisdom and helpful sayings. This post is a great example of wise words.
There is wisdom in all parts of the world. A lot of wisdom can be learnt from the proverbs and wise sayings of people in all parts of the world. In this post we draw wisdom from all the continents of the world.
“If you close your eyes because of your enemies, you will not be able to see your friends” (African Proverb).
“The fall of a dry leaf is a warning to the green one” (African Proverb).
“A cockroach can only rule in the land of fowls if it employs a fox as its bodyguard.” (African proverb).
My mom and Mario went to visit a police station and sat in a cell.
Well, another week is beginning. This weekend was long but had some lovely moments. Seeing my family was wonderful although short. Mom, you are my hero. Dad, thanks for always making me feel happy and safe. Mario, you are my favorite ever.
Also, a huge shout out to the cast of Shrek the Musical. You are all so talented, and the show was in my top 10 that I have ever seen. I loved having a break to go back to the theater that is still my home in a way.
Sigh. There is so much to get done this weekend still. I am so exhausted but have a draining week ahead now. Maybe something in my life really should change. At least I was able to enjoy a great movie with my friend today (thanks Lydia!).
Anyway, here are some links after not having them last week. Enjoy!
Have you ever felt both guilty about not serving people more and hurt because no one cares for you as much as you do for them? This has plagued me for much of my life but was especially difficult today. I long to be selfless, but being overlooked or taken advantage of stings.
On to cheerier matters, here are my weekly links. Art, nature, and England seemed to be the main themes. Perhaps that is not so hard to believe seeing how much I love all of those topics. Enjoy! Continue reading →
Studying in Oxford and seeing museums with figures from around the world opened my eyes to how unique beauty is to each culture. For centuries, ancient peoples saw rounder bodies as gorgeous signs of childbirth and new life. Being as pale as possible used to be ideal to show that one did not work outside but had wealth. Now I have come to realize that others regard my pale skin as gross because one should be tanned.
All of the different ways that people think of beauty is fascinating to me. It is interesting how we feel the pressure of the society that we are in instead of thinking of how our appearance would be seen as lovely in another part of the world or another era. Of course, it would make sense that we would want to be accepted where we are currently residing. However, maybe we should take more time to realize how subjective appearance is and how standards vary everywhere you go.