“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” –Someone(Not by Mark Twain as popularly perceived)
I love this quote. It described how I lived my life and how I want to continue with my life.
I came from a very small town in China (small towns in China still have 430,000 people and 512 square miles though). It’s tiny compared to those monstrous cities. It’s surrounded by mountains, so back when I was a child, it wasn’t very well connected to the outside world. There wasn’t even a supermarket until I was 10.
When I was 17, I left my hometown and went to the big city for college. I stayed there for 5 years including one year of work, and in case you are curious, I was an English major. The most technical thing we did with our computer was creating PowerPoint slides for presentations. You are maybe wondering how the hell did I become a software engineer now. Good question! Don’t worry. It’s all part of the story.
During college, I called myself a mini-merchant. I had been selling sheets, used books, school supplies, and a bunch of other random things around the campus. I was even interviewed by the city newspaper (it’s a monstrous city, remember?). Not because of how much money I made, but the idea I had about how to sell those things. This also led me to be on the blacklist of my college advisor, who thought it was absolutely terrible for a student to think about things other than studying. Anyways, I had LOTS of fun.
I have one more story to tell. I saved up about $2,000 before I quit my old job and traveled for 5 months through thousands of miles, across 4 countries. By the end of my trip I was so poor that I had to live in a monastery for a couple of weeks in Chiang Mai, Thailand, which turned out to be an unforgettable experience. I had so much fun even though I can’t say it was a the most comfortable trip, considering that I only had $2000. Some day I’m going to do it again for sure, but next time it’ll be with more money.