~ 8 Years Ago ~
On July 2nd, 2014 (shit... almost 8 years) I arrived in Shanghai, a city felt so strange to me at the time. One important reason was that I was experiencing reverse culture shock. After all, I was away from home for about a decade and a hardlanding was nothing less than a hardlanding. Another deciding factor was that my time in Hawai'i had came to an end as a guest. Long story short, however unwillingly to leave, I in fact wasn't prepared for the change.
2014 年 7 月 2 日 (去... 就快 8 年了诶) 我只身来到上海，当时感觉这座城市无比的陌生。其中一个主要原因是我感受到了逆向的文化冲击。毕竟离家十载，硬着陆就是硬着陆，不多也不少。另一个起决定性的原因是我在夏威夷作为一名客人的期限已到。长话短说，无论如何不情愿地离开，面对眼前的变化我其实并没有准备好。
In the next couple of years, I've attended many networking events (not satisfied with most so I decided to organize my own), sold coffee beans as a salesman, led tons of food tours for foreign visitors and local expats, managed seemingly endless marketing campaigns for a French wine F&B brand, led loads of student programs in different places in China, and lastly took maybe never enough of photos of Shanghai and it's people. All I want to say to myself is that all the things I've done lead me to where I'm now and I just didn't know exactly where before. Many decisions are rational, but equally many are also emotional. Wise or not, I went with my gut feeling, and I can tell you that I have no ragrets (I know, I know, intentional typo).
~ Realization ~
I have come to the age, or life stage to be more precise, that my energy is at its fullest when I have a daily ritual. That means at certain time I do certain thing. Sounds boring, right? Maybe, but I really don't care what you think of my lifestyle. And you shouldn't care about what others think of yours either. It's the very "boring" ritual that brings me inner peace, and through which I bring peace to things I do and people I meet. Very recently I've joined the "5AM Club", where no extensive requirement is needed and everyone can join. The only requirement is that you need to wake up at 5AM, sharp, everyday, and start exercising and planning early for the day.
不知不觉我已经到了一个认识到自己精力只有在保持日常习惯下才能充沛的年龄了，与其说是年龄不如讲人生阶段更为贴切。也就是说在某个时间段我会做某个事情，一般不变。听起来是不是很无聊？可能吧，随你怎么想喽，我有我的生活方式。你也不必在意别人怎么看待你的生活方式。就是这个“无聊”的生活习惯给我带来了内心的平静，从而给我所面对的事情和相处的人带来平静。最近，我加入了“五点钟俱乐部”。没有太多的要求，任何人都能参加。唯一要求就是每天清晨 5 点准时起床，每天，准时，起床，然后早早开始运动，计划这一天的日程。
Getting a head start is really making a difference in a day. I no longer feel drowsy or foggy-headed. Yes, it seems that the day gets longer. But tasks get completed within the time needed and no longer feel like being done in a rush just to cross them off from the list. The day flows better and smoother. In other words, it's more rhythmic. If you're also up for the challenge, join me on this journey and let's move forward together, with or without covid! Actually you know what, I think it's better without...
You? What course do you follow?