Just like that, it has been six months since we left America and moved to Hong Kong. The biggest change between now and the last update is that we are very much used to living here now, having to adapt to less and less. When we walk on the street, the roar of traffic doesn’t seem as loud, the temperature doesn’t seem as hot. When we eat out in restaurants, we take our sweet time looking at the menu, knowing that the servers expect us to summon them when we are ready. I’ve stopped listening to rap music. 😉
For me personally, I’m a lot more comfortable with myself than I was three months ago. I am no longer overly concerned with what time I wake up (there was a period in July when “morning” for me was 6 PM!). I am less worried about having to find work, or the type of work that I will do if and when I decide to look. I am more forgiving and accepting of people and society, and my position in it. For example, I am not a big fan of people judging other people by their appearance, something which seems to happen a lot more in Hong Kong. In the past, it would bother me a lot if I went to a place wearing shorts and a t-shirt and people glared at me. Now, the question I ask myself is, “What do you expect?” There are certain rules (whether written or not) in society that people follow, and if I decide to live my life without following those rules, then I should expect some sort of push-back. That’s just the way it is. Just as it is my prerogative to live my life not following certain rules, it is the prerogative of others to toe the social-norm line.
One question I asked six months ago was “Have we thrived?” I attempted to answer it three months ago, and looking at my answer now, it seems overly melodramatic, especially the parts about “living on borrowed time” and “living an unsustainable lifestyle”. Too complicated. I tried to answer this question using money as the yardstick. But, as I wrote earlier this month, money isn’t all that. If we are happy, healthy, and probably will be in the foreseeable future, then yes, we are thriving.
So, I guess it is true what they say, that no news is good news. I will keep this update short and sweet. I have been steadily posting here as well as tweeting, so it’s not hard to see what we’ve been up to. See you in three months!