Memories of making bead accessories to sell in school and creating class bulletin board in 3D view instead attending Chinese class are still clear to me. Days when I carved a love letter on a fiber glass or made marketing materials during college are still blissful in every way. And then, of course, my love for writing.
After I graduated and finally worked professionally as an engineer, the “creating artistically” in me became a side-hobby.
Blue office cubicle, old gray table, matrix data computation, stiff business letters and what not are my norm now. Creating eventually became technical as inspiration became blander than ever. To save my creative side from eventual demise, I go out & grind to find my inspiration.
Creative surroundings is a subject of pursuit now.
In a month, I already listened to dozen of stories of newly-resigned friends who are now pursuing their own personal goals. One of them confessed that she has started to feel the weight of having “unemployed” status. Another was feeling awkward when she was bombarded with questions of “So, what do you do now?”
This made me flashback on the experiences and lessons I learned during the year I was unemployed.
Be aware of the signs that may help you in your journey. – Insadong, South Korea
The appeal of traveling is being in the present.
Hmm. That’s it.
I can’t find any answer besides being in the present.
Happy Mothers Day!!!!
While my Facebook is feeding up with my friends’ messages and photos for their Moms, I suddenly realized that most of the time we travel only with our close friends. Just last week, my Facebook was full of my friends’ summer outing with their close friends or partner. Well, yeah, some traveled with their families. But we haven’t really traveled with our Mom alone to have a real bonding trip, right?
There is only one person I know from my friends who will travel soon with her Mom. And isn’t it sad on some level? I gave her my detailed Japan itinerary because I want them to have a good time. Her Mom should not bother anymore with the itinerary. My friend can do all the bookings and stuff. I mean, it’s about time that we take care of our Moms in ways that we know we can.
You can be in any moment of your Past because you love all the memories you have made.
You can be in any moment of your Future because you can’t wait your dream to come true.
But in Traveling, you have to be in the moment of your Present because this is the only chance to experience anything in real time.
Appreciating local people doing their work
Watching local people cooking
Studying your way to your destination
Looking for a huge art wall, parked bicycles and a black leather gang…well, accidentally.
Being in the crowd but don’t forget to also look up.
Watching people having great conversation
Observing local people during their usual day
All photos were all taken from Taipei City of Taiwan in 2010.