Throughout this journey, adventure and series of experiences I think it's important to share what my definition of well travelled means.
Being someone who will travel globally, I highly value the various skills which come with such grand exposure. There are multiple components, which when combined, create a well travelled person.
The components are made of the following:
"Enjoy your youth"
The phrase has many connotations. It can refer to health, freedom of responsibility, or carefree outlook on life.
Our youth is something we grow out of, often intentionally as many of us could not wait to be mature adults. We all imagined it would relieve the teasing, differences, and problems we faced as teenagers. Things would be stable, we'd all magically respect each other and our seemingly huge issues would be solved.
A few weeks ago, a fellow Canadian expat introduced herself to me. We spoke briefly, exchanged WeChat info (think of WeChat as so engrained here, it's like how Torontonian's say they're getting an Uber, instead of a taxi) and I head on home.
As we message over WeChat for the past two weeks some of the texts caught me a little off guard, and I wasn't sure if we would get along well in person. Last week one morning she asked if I wanted to come by and chill in the afternoon. Forgetting about the experience thus far via WeChat, and working out some logistics, I agreed to visit.
I'm working on another post, and while it's in progress, I thought I'd expand from my previous post Self.Observation. and provide an update.
As noted, in the post, I had stopped drinking sugary beverages cold turkey for a few days (Fri-Tues), I am proud to point out I have now been soda and juice free for an entire week.
I'd love to tell you I have all sorts of energy, and how my life and body are significantly better, though this hasn't happened. Well, I mean, I feel better and up lifted for a few reasons.
The first reason is I'm pretty near over the cold. Using nothing more than some essential oils, decent sleep, water, lemon and honey, and the Chinese cold medicine I picked up, combined with the lack of sugar, acid and other chemicals mixed in with those drinks. I am feeling better. One day, when my/our generation is older, at middle age, hopefully society will look at this phase of our lives and consider it the equivalent of when our parents were young and smoked cigarettes and to society it was cool, despite all the evidence to the contrary. That's us. Right now. Coca-Cola is the new Phillip Morris.
The second reason is I've been doing more yoga this month because of my schedule changes and now it's at 3 times a week, and this week, it's been 4! I do various other types of exercise.... like masterbating, I read somewhere on the internet this activity burns calories! You know I'm messing with you... well, about it being exercise. Lol. You're either laughing or disgusted right now. If the latter, run along little one. Run along.
Weather changes. Lately, the weather has been "clear skies" and I'm sure they are, above the sky-covering pollution. It sounds bad but really it's no different than a cloudy day. It's also made the days a little cooler, like all the way down to 23°!!! I'm as surprised saying that as you are. The slight change in weather is appreciated.
My diet has improved marginally, though there is still room for massive tuning. Imagine how ripped I'd be if I ate healthy, exercised with weights and yoga and didn't have sugar drinks - Mr Olympia here! Seriously though. One night yoga had an intense ab session, I didn't eat fried rice immediately after and wash it down with [insert sugar/acidic drink] and the increased definition (which was visible within minutes of doing the workout) stayed longer! Tbh, I actually have no idea how my body has kept my six pack and shape, and even lost weight since high school, while I literally eat like a pig with a death wish for intenstine failure. It's the "instant food when I want it" factor. Talk about killer convenience. I'm actually aweful at preparing and bringing food with me.
So, basically, I do feel better than when not consuming sugary drinks, though there are other factors and variables at play here. The point was, I thought it would be good to share I've made it a week without these beverages and will try my best to continue it. Perhaps I should get a carbonating machine. One thing I love about coca-cola is the carbonated feel. I use essential oils/honey/lemon slices to flavour my water so carbonation seems like the next feasible step to continuing my habit with an alternative product of input.
On Friday evening, I started noticing signs of a cold. A slight tickle in my throat, was the first sign. I decided not to consume sugary drinks while I had this cold, primarily Coca-Cola. Saturday throughout the day, I have to talk loudly for 6 hours of the day, and caused my throat to dry out. Having a projector shine in my eyes all day started to give me a headache. I felt too lazy to go and get a drink from the store on Saturday and just drank water for the day with the essential oil (lemon) which is good for cleansing the body.
Last Saturday, I had my batteries stolen out of my scooter and was not able to replace them until yesterday. Sunday, I worked for the day, Monday and Tuesday I was on my Beijing 2.0 adventure. Wednesday I was exhausted from the climb of the Great Wall and the back-to-back yoga and Body Balance classes, I decided to lounge around for the day (cuz I got time in my life, so why not?).
But throughout Wednesday's lounging, the anticipation of getting the batteries replaced was mounting psychologically. My procrastination skills are maxed out, and I was fearful the procrastination would mount and cause me to slack on my commitments. After all, I overslept and missed Wednesday morning yoga, and wasn't sure what was happening with Chinese class.
For those of you who read my posts frequently, you'll recall the last time I was in Beijing I was scammed by one of the biggest scams to Westerns -- Tea Scams. Admittedly it left a slight bitter taste in my mouth but I knew it was not representative of the city as a whole.
On Monday morning I head over with a +1 for Monday and Tuesday. Monday we arrive and intend to visit the Great Wall but when we go to purchase the tickets for the train there, we discover they're sold out, with a 2 hour wait and at least an hour of travel. Given it was already 11am, this would mean arriving, at the earliest, by 2pm.
I've had my bike for 2-3 weeks and have been using it everywhere as I've noted.
Saturday night after class, I went to get my bike and zoom over to yoga to catch the last 30-35 minutes.
As I approach my bike I bust out the remote and press the unlock symbol a few times... To no avail. Curious as to the lack of desired outcome, I try again and get the same outcome. Ok. Weird.