Well, I've been here a little over a year, and I still work for the same buxiban, haven't improved much in my Chinese, and I haven't been living the life that I was created to live, and that I know I'm capable of. I've learned a few things. How to be a better teacher, where to find what, and how to get around town, but so what? This isn't who I am, this isn't who God made me to be. So, after floating for a year, I'm going to start living.
So this is it. This blog marks the moment that I stop looking and really see. See what? The world around me. Taiwan and the Taiwanese people -- what they love, what they fear, and what makes Taiwan beautiful. And it's also time I started seeing myself the way God sees me. I've figured a few things out this past year. I know I love teaching English to adults, and that I need to stay away from teaching the kids or else I'll begin to hate life and pray for death. Surrounding myself with the right friends is important. In other words, stay away from the "I hate being in Taiwan, but rather than simply leaving, I'm going to spend all of my time whining about my life" people. And, big surprise, learning Chinese is absolutely essential! Otherwise you'll never move from the "foreign guest" to the "I'm not so different from you" category. If I expect to build relationships with Taiwanese people, I better pick up the pace with my language study.
So now, in my second year of living in Taiwan, I will begin to live the life that God has for me.