First, I'd like to say thank you to all of you who read my posts, I appreciate you taking the time and hope you enjoy them.
Since my major recent post titled: The Allure of A Woman and My Biggest Regret, I haven't really been writing much, unsure what to write next. I put a ton of effort into the aforementioned post and feel it has drained me (I say this with positive intent). A few drafts of different pieces have been started but not really expanded upon. I'm sorry for not having posted earlier. I feel I am starting to sputter on new pieces. There is much personal progress to be made by way of not repeating old habits as in Toronto. Although I feel I can settle into a place fairly quickly, I mustn't forget the things which have been learned between settlements. There must always be a strong desire for adventure.
This past week, I've had Monday-Thursday off and haven't done much since I'm making financial efforts in preparation for a few upcoming plans. Thus I have not being going out or exploring much this past week.
Staying at home, has made it clear, my creative element becomes constrained. It is when I'm out seeing a changing environment which triggers creative stimulus and inspires me to write. Believe it or not, having four days off without much planned, is a long four days. On the positive side, I started watching Season 1 of Game of Thrones yesterday! I know, I know, I should have been watching this whole time... But I made up for it by getting 5 seasons and have started the binging!!!!
There is the possibility of a small trip coming up in June with some colleagues. I'll keep you posted as more details are confirmed. It's challenging to strike the right balance between being somewhat active to keep the creative juices flowing while preparing for future travel. I should be getting out for as many long distance walks as possible. Walking roughly 25-30km+ a couple times a week is a really easy way to "travel" around the city. I've noticed I also eat very little while walking as opposed to when I'm at home, then I eat out of boredom.
One thing I really miss about Toronto is its proximity to a decent sized body of water. Although Tianjin has several rivers and some big ponds, I really enjoy any time I spend near open water. My trip to Vancouver last summer was great, as I was exposed to the vastness of the ocean, and felt the salt in the air. The West Coast lifestyle is also very appealing to me. Alas, a day will come shortly when I am able to sit by the ocean side, hot sand in between my toes and literally live on the beach. Such seeds are to be planted now if I am to enjoy their fruit later.
It's now becoming more obvious, many people do not accomplish their goals because they seem to far away, as I struggle with this myself. One of the most important parts of my accomplishments in moving to China was because I was given a seemingly large task and had a very short period to accomplish it. This really caused me to consider living my life only three months at a time; three months being when I hope to achieve said goal/objective. Three months working hard, then three months off and travelling. I think would be a great experience further South, where the nights are warmer and there is more oceanside available.
Just finished getting some munchies, the best thing here is also the worst: food is ultra cheap. This simply results in my rate of unhealthy food consumption sky rocketing. The worst part? At present, my metabolism runs fast and I haven't physically observed how bad it is for my health. Insert appropriate 'it's 2016, and we can't ______' complaint on how we should have a magical cure-all pill for poor eating habits. On the plus side, while in the shop humming about which snack to get, this girl approaches me, calls me by name and asks if I remember her. Admittedly, I was struggling, the bad part I couldn't remember her name. The good part, her husband/fiancé was there and it probably looked good to him that this foreigner, who stretches in tops as equally tight as those of his fiancé, and is a few yoga mats away, didn't immediately leap with joy upon seeing her. In my own defence, the girl is in proper shape, cleans my clock in fitness classes and is pretty good in the yoga classes. She also speaks decent English, which her partner does not, can you blame me for mostly chatting with her of the two?
So, yeah. I'm going to watch some Game of Thrones by the pool since there's a nice breeze. I must admit it's annoying, for such a beautiful garden and big pool, there isn't a single tanning chair. Being comfortable with a sense of how much things cost in China and whatnot now, I'm surprised. Those chairs could be ordered on TaoBao for like 25¥ ($5) each I bet. TaoBao is their Amazon equivalent, but bigger. They sell everything. Everything. You can actually hire someone to yell at on there for an hour at a time. Rent a boyfriend? Check! Bottles of fart? Check! Breast milk soap? Yup! So yeah, I feel it's not unreasonable for a couple tanning chairs.
Yeah, hope you guys are doing well. Lately the weather has been low to mid thirties and very low humidity. The apartment is getting a bit warm, but for being 29°, I actually still sleep with a comforter (half on). Anyways, enjoy your day, it's almost Friday in Toronto!!!