Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. ~ John F. Kennedy
As my time in China is coming to a close, I find myself thinking over the last three months and I realize how much I’ve learned. I’ve learned many things; financial accounting, strategy, supply chain and analytics – but the those were just book learnings. Living abroad in a country that is so different from the one you’ve become accustom teaches you so much more about yourself, about life, and how time doesn’t stand still for anyone – it keeps marching forward.
I have learned that as much as I have travelled and experience the world, there are still many things that I have yet to learn. My patience has been tested, my book understanding of China and its people has been turned on its head, and my own hypocrisy thrown back in my face.
Classic example; I am patient as long as people are receptive to learning about different things, but once I see some people only hear what they want to hear I baulk and leave them behind. But, when I reflect on this, I find that I do the same thing – especially when I’m not hearing what I want to – or what I think is right.
Hypocritical? Yes. Have I changed yet? Still working on it.
My life is my own and everything that I do impacts it. I’m always concerned with doing the right thing or making sure that I am ‘saving face’ that sometimes I think I miss out on things. Perhaps I missed out on being a goofball, or I might have missed that amazing party, but I figure as long as I’m happy and healthy and I have my self respect who cares right? Sometimes I do feel a little down, when I think of the things that I’ve missed out on, but the amazing and crazy thing about life is that you can totally change it.
I need to remember that life serves up the whole world on a platter with an infinite amount of choices as side dishes – it’s up to me to pick what I want, when I want, and how I want it. If something passed me by – well there is always the next dish!
Time waits for none; not one person. As soon as we humans were born, we’re literally dying and sooner or later it will be lights out for us all. I don’t want to have regrets when that time comes for me. I don’t want to feel as if I left something out there unfinished that was important to me. There are many things that are important to me and that I feel I need to have done before my time comes. I hope that I have decades, but who knows what’s around that unseen corner.
I’ve realized that in actuality as long as I’m experiencing new things, enjoying my friends, and have the love of my family – I have everything I could ever need. The time to travel, time to get an MBA, time to do more – well, all that time is extra. As long as I have it, might has well use it.
Until next time!