Similarities with my initial life in Japan
Nearly six months into my time in Taiwan, I can’t help but notice similarities with my time in Japan. I am not talking about the culture here, but the way I live my life. I have:
- experienced heavy rain on arrival.
- been making healthy changes in my life.
- had a life mostly centered around work.
- not travelled much. I travelled a lot from Japan, but that was after I had lived there over a year.
- reaffirmed my interest in Buddhism and have been making that integral to my life.
- been learning and getting experience from work, even if the job isn’t suitable in the long term.
- not been learning much about the local language other than what I get from my Buddhist study. I suppose part of that is the number of interests I have and also the fact that the Buddhist aspect is the reason why I like being here. The teachers back home teaching meditation/Buddhism/qigong/etc don’t even begin to compare.
- been cooking most of my own food to save money, even though most people I know simply eat out.
- been living next to a noisy major street in an apartment of questionable quality that costs a lot more than it should and has questionable, but adequate air quality.
- purchased a computer that will likely last me awhile.
It seems to be a good start, but unlike Japan, I don’t feel like I will stay here as long. I don’t have the feeling I could just stay here for the rest of my life. Then again, that means I won’t grow complacent here either.