When I first came to Taiwan, the plan was to stay for six months, but in the back of my head I hoped and knew it would be longer because:
1) I wanted to be here longer (that’s not a real reason).
2) I felt like it would be longer (that’s also not a real reason).
3) I tricked myself into thinking I could learn Chinese (which technically also isn’t a real reason).
4) I literally didn’t have anything else going on (also not a real reason).
So when I got the opportunity to prolong my stay until June I was like, “There’s no reason not to.” So now I’m going to be in Taiwan until June.
What have the past six months been like?
Good. If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat, I look like one of those people who’s on vacation and partying all the time. When I realized that, I thought to myself: “What right do I have to only post all these pictures of me in these amazing places? Shouldn’t I show the people how boring and sad my life is too?”
Because I do feel sad and bored sometimes. I’m single and there aren’t many people my age to hang out with and it’s impossible to call or chat with my family half the time because of the time difference. But then I realized I was being ridiculous and my reasons for being sad and bored were not real reasons.
For example, while I was on a trip to Hong Kong at the end of November, I was sad that I would miss Christmas in America, but then I realized that I WAS ON A FREAKING PAID VACATION IN HONG KONG AND DIDN’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT BUYING CHRISTMAS PRESENTS FOR MY BILLIONS OF BROTHERS AND SISTERS OR NIECES AND NEPHEWS. So then I perked up and went to the beach. Here’s a picture:
Not that being far from people I love is easy or fun … but it is. Sometimes.
Taiwan is the perfect place to be stranded for a year. It’s beautiful and small, so being here until June allows me to see everywhere. Like, twice.
Alishan National Scenic Area, July 2015
Alishan National Scenic Area, October 2015 (I look like drugs.)
Sun Moon Lake, July 2015
Sun Moon Lake, October 2015
Hualien, January 2016
Hualien, February 2016
And my Chinese is coming along. I won’t be fluent by June, but I know enough to navigate around the whole island by myself.
So I’ll be here until June. And I’ve learned a lot. Taiwan is just a matter of perspective and happiness is a really pretty country.