1 Year… Can I have another?

1 year.  I’ve finally crossed that mark.  I’ve been living as an Expat in Hong Kong working, playing, learning, living.  It is something I wish I would have done earlier in my life rather than in my 30’s.  I’ve seen, experienced and learned so much in one small year than any other thing I’ve done in the United States… and I’ve been fortunate that I’ve done quite a bit.

Looking back at the last 12 months, I feel like I’m a turtle finally coming out of my naive shell.  I began to notice this change when I went home for Christmas last year.  Simple things that my family and friends did or didn’t do that showed me what I used to be like.  Now I feel more intelligent  more cultured and more aware of myself and the world around me.  I firmly believe that every American should live abroad (and I’m not talking Canada) for at least 6 months.  It is amazing all that I’ve experienced and accomplished.  School/College, compared to the life lessons and professional growth I’ve had in Hong Kong, is vastly inferior.

Now that I’m fully settled, in a job I enjoy and have a solid network of friends, I look forward to the next 12 months.  I think the next year will be even more rich and rewarding.  It feels like now are the greatest days of my life.  It seems like I always feel that way, from High School to College to my years in San Francisco and now living abroad.

All I know is that I’m grateful for the support and opportunities that have been given to me.