There are many unusual things to eat here in China, some more unusual than others (BBQ scorpion no thanks!). The fun part of traveling is leaving your inhibitions aside and trying new things, if you are brave enough!!
Chicken gizzards ~ no. BBQ scorpions ~ no. Unknown meat ~ well maybe. Unknown seafood fried on a stick ~ yes and it was delicious!! I know I ate chicken feet at one point unbeknownst to me. It was okay but doubtful that I will have it again willingly or knowingly!!
One of the more unusual fruit here is dragonfruit. Its skin is bright pink, it has spikes all over it and doesn’t look like fruit at all!!
Inside it’s white with little black seeds (?). It has a nice light fruity taste. It is not overly sweet, definitely not sour, and is quite refreshing. It has a soft texture similar to a ripe pear. I had tried it back in Calgary and thought it was tasty so I knew what it was like. Of course, being in the country where it’s from, I had to try it!! And it is more delicious here!!
Next thing to try ~ octopus in Chile!!
An extraverted protagonist. Sounds interesting right?? I recently did a personality test and my results show that I am an extraverted protagonist. A diplomat People’s Master. It all sounds very confusing. It was something a close friend thought I would find interesting. And I did!!
It showed me results that definitely resonated with me. All but one section definitely is my personality. And it also showed me some ways to strengthen my weaknesses. Things I will definitely start to do!
So why am I writing about this here? Really, who cares about someone else’s results of a personality test?
I am not writing about this to share my results. No. I am writing about how personality traits can make us stronger or weaker as we grow older and explore our self-worth.
When I was younger, I was very shy. I did well in school but kept to myself a lot. As I went through many struggles in my adult life, my self-esteem grew stronger, I became more assertive and my personality changed. I became the person I am today – in my eyes, I am a strong, self-assured woman who can do anything she wants and be a success at whatever comes my way.
Traveling has changed me. Seeing different cultures and dealing with situations I never would have had to in Canada have made me humble.
We take for granted so many things in life. So many of us want material things (and I am not saying anything against that – it’s just not for me), but living in northern China has made me aware of so many struggles these people have on a daily basis that are beyond their control. Living in the conditions they do have made them stronger than any other culture I have seen so far.
While my complaints of China are many, the strength and perseverance of these people is truly admirable.
So like the title says, whatever you are be a good one. If you are a neighbour, be a good one. A mother, a daughter, a teacher, whatever it is you are – strive to be a good one. The people here in Changchun have shown me that, despite the conditions they live in, they take it in stride and they are the best they can be. Their personalities shine through. I will take away from this chapter in my life the strength I have seen of the Chinese people. And I am now, and forever will be, a better person because of it.
Every day on my way home from teaching, I come to two paths. One is stone, easy to walk on but uneven. The other is grassy, an uneven surface but muddy.
A sudden storm came through the city today, lighting up the afternoon sky and rolling thunder, scaring me and the kids in class! Luckily, when I left for home, the rain had stopped, leaving a freshness in the air but a wet walk.
When I came to the path, I pondered which to take. Do I take the stone path and avoid the mud but possibly slipping on the wet stone? Or do I take the muddy path and get dirty, but avoid slipping?
As I made my way home, this thought kept creeping into my mind. Had I taken the safer path in my life, would it have been as exciting as my life is now?
There are times in our life that choosing the safe path is the best thing to do for ourselves. But then there are other times that its okay to take the riskier path just to see what happens.
The question is ~ what if you decide to turn around and never take either path? What if you decide that you would rather go the long (and safe) way to your destination?
Life is what we make of it. Choosing the path that is right for you is something only you can figure out. Be a risk taker sometimes ~ take that unknown path and see where it leads you. The future is yours!!
So are you wondering which path I took?? I took the grass path ~ uneven surface with lots of mud. I felt like a kid again, getting muddy, and enjoying the walk. I always try to choose the path that will make me happiest!