With holidays come busyness. I haven’t posted in a while and was thinking about what would be a good post for this week, this New Year. Doing something entirely unrelated to my writing life, I stumbled upon this and felt it more apt than anything else right now. Here are my thoughts eighteen days into my Taiwan Fulbright ETA experience, over eleven years ago.
August 18, 2004 – 10:25pm
Tonight we saw our first movie in Yilan, I, Robot. Definitely a solid movie but not my reason for writing. I’m writing because I had the most intriguing experience when the movie ended.
It’s interesting to bury yourself into a wholly different surrounding than you are used to. Here, there are familiar things surrounded with unfamiliar places and people. Instead of being able to turn and talk to a friend that is on the level of a sibling, I turned and realized that I was with people I’ve only just met. These people are all solid characters, as pretty much anyone is that takes the risk of displacing themselves into new worlds, but it is different than what I’m accustomed to.
This is one of those little realizations of life that just make it that much more interesting, and if I could live the rest of my life in a constant state of new realizations, I think I could remain an extremely content person, although I would definitely need to bring some friends from place to place. The complexities of a mind unsettled through the experience of new moments in life bring with it more than words capture.
Where we settle our understandings of life varies from person to person and creates the uniqueness of life. What is life without the iterations we see it through?
Experience, understanding, and perception bring about the most unique thoughts and reflections we could ever ask for.