Living In THIS Moment

I just had myself a terrrrrrrrrific day here in Shanghai. Went out last nite for a friend’s bday celebration…… woke up at about 11am…and score! The sun was out! The sun was SHINING! I thought and exclaimed, “About damn time!!! I’m sick of this gray, cold and rain!!!!!” (I’m a weather-person; my mood is greatly affected by the temps and % of sunshine.) So already, it was a great start…

Skipped downtown a bit with Lisa for an interview with another school. Longer story, but I’ve been checking into other options for the following year… inclusive of Thailand :-D   But! Unfortunately, in two instances of Thailand interviews, their school year starts in May and runs till March…so logistically doesn’t really fall in my favor..but we shall see. (and YES, I believe I do plan on another year of Asia…. mmm hmmm.. I, myself am shocked. But the traveling perks and the not-so-hott-States-right-now is making it make sense.)

Anyhoots.. so Lisa and I took this interview; it was my second time meeting with them, but Lisa’s first….so we tag-teamed on the case. At one point, we mentioned that we had a decent network of interested teachers that we would be able to assist in recruiting.. to help build upon their school’s International Department-in-infancy-stage…and the administrators spoke to each other in Mandarin along the lines of “Well I don’t mind hiring these two, but I wonder if their friends are also going to be of Asian decent or are can we get white? I mean, Mimi looks foreign, but Lisa looks Chinese.”  Ahhh Hahaha HA!! —— (I only knew of this because when we left, Lisa aka “mySpy” – who understands Mandarin basics – caught them remarking on this, and told me everything they were saying to one another.)    Ohhh China – Hilarity! However, I’m glad during the interview, I did lay down as a “tip” (because, honestly they had NO IDEA what they were doing with this “newly developing” International Division) — for them to interview and LISTEN to their prospective English teachers… just ’cause they’ve got a White Face does NOT mean they are going to be great, or even good teachers… andddddd their accents could be too thick or difficult for the students to understand!!  (Some of ya’ll may recall me battling this issue when I started my search to leave the States and land in Shanghai….  and was solely in email communication with IGNORANT recruiters in Shanghai.)  But for real, even in my current school now…there is a HUGE problem with a particular foreign colleague who has a very thick accent…and it causes just soo much drama and stress with complaints from parents and students. So…. white isn’t always right!!

But anyway, so after that episode, we rewarded ourselves with some hotdogs and ice cream from IKEA. Random, for sure! But it’s not everyday that we’re in the area of IKEA….and most certainly not everyday we get real hotdogs and ice cream combo!

Then after that, I marched up towards my massage spot…only to find that it was crazily busy and I’d have to kill 2 hours till I could be taken for an appointment. I should’ve called ahead, but it was all good. I popped around the corner to the dvd spot and picked up 11 gems..all for only 104rmb = $15usd!!!!  That’s about 73 cents each disc!! and these are high DVD-9 qualities!! Soooooooooo sweeeeet!! One being something that I’ve been ON THE LOOK for! JT @ MSG.. Whoo!! and some other quality classic flicks!! YAY!! Then, I walked down HuaHai Road (aka ‘Hai’s 5th Avenue) and for the first time admitted to myself, “Shanghai isn’t soooo bad after all. I still hate the pushing the shoving on the trains and the people and the.. etc. etc. etc… but it’s not soooo sooo bad after all… “  So for the first time, I think I really “accepted” this crazy city for what it is. There were lil’ boutiques, shops, cafes much like NYC…and I actually saw and felt this city’s push to top the International Cities Scale. (Remember, the World Expo will be taking place in Shanghai in 2010. I see the construction site in my morning commute everyday!)

So now, while I was coming to inner peace with this city, I started to think about my expat friends here, and their choices and really, more like, confusion, as to what to do with regards to next year/next steps. I mean, we’re all on similar boats here. Return to states? Stay in ‘Hai? Pick another country? Go back to ‘real world’ -whatever that is, etc etc. This mega question hovers over us and many times, pushes its weight down on us so much, that we forget to enjoy the moment of living and experiencing life as an expat. We forget that we’re living unconventially — in a way that many out there — wish that they could do the same. We forget that we chose to be out here, so why not be a little more open to the “outside world.” Frankly, I’ve never been one to put societal norms in high regard, often finding those that follow, boring, anyway. (I’ll prolly post more on that another time.) Just do what feels right and everything else will find its way to work with YOU.

With that said, I leave with words via reverting to The DBTD Mantra, with hopes that “stresses of the future” and “life fulfillments” will let live via being happy with what is NOW and simply living in THIS moment….

Is this not enough
This blessed sip of life
Is it not enough
Staring down at the ground
Oh then complain and pray
more from above
Greedy little pig

. . don’t burn the day. .

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