— Amy Rosanova.
“I don’t have to love any place, culture, or language any less than I already do to share that love with more. I don’t have to be of OR from any certain place or culture in the world to share my love with them. Love is infinite freedom. I will always have enough to give. The same goes for everyone else in the world.”
“Changing My Life™” might seem “cliché” to some people, and I used to be someone that didn’t really use that phrase, myself … but if you really think about it, everything — every little thing — that comes into contact with your life changes it in some way. Maybe even inspires you in some way. That goes for everyone, including myself. Everything that has had an influence in my life has changed it in some way or another.
“China?” Some of the people that I know might be thinking. “Weren’t you planning to go to Korea? Haven’t you been spending so much time interested in Korean culture and learning the language and immersed in the media?” *Genuine confusion sets in.*
Yes. I have spent a lot of time in love with Korea, the culture, the language, the media, and more. I did take the time to learn some of it and to be able to read Hangeul.
I was also the same way with Ireland for so long, and I still have love in my heart for the Emerald Isle. (It is one part of my heritage, after all.)
Chinese culture has been around, in and out of my life for practically my whole life. I still remember a kind lady, teaching me Chinese characters early in the morning in a hotel lobby. I still remember one of the characters — the symbol for rain.
Plus, I’ve spent a huge portion of my life in Los Angeles, which has a huge East Asian culture influence (mostly Chinese) in some places. It’s not exactly the same as living in East Asia, but if you want to experience the influence of different countries in East Asia locally, you can definitely find something or another there to learn by. (I haven’t really seen buildings or organizations specifically in the Chinese language back in the Inland Empire — if you get what I mean.)
Anyway. Yes, it’s been Korea that I have been in love with and was wanting to go to. I still am, and I still do. Someday.
“Then why in the world China? I don’t understand.”
It’s true, going to Korea became like a dream for me. Ireland also became like a dream for me when I was younger. So, yes, these places and cultures have changed my life, too, and still do. And I am someone that has a lot of dreams. Suddenly, China . . . .
Now I have another dream, and that involves China.
I don’t need to go into this deeply and explain every personal detail to say that I have fallen in love.
Now all of the little things that I’ve learned about the culture over the years stand out to me and can be accumulated into a pile of memories and information in my mind, and I am only becoming more and more familiar with the place and the culture and the language that lie before me.
All of the little things almost seem to have been pointing me in this direction.
The more that I notice the language, the more beautiful that it becomes to me. And, of course, that goes for the country and the culture as well.
I don’t have to love any place, culture, or language any less than I already do to share that love with more. I don’t have to be of OR from any certain place or culture in the world to share my love with them. Love is infinite freedom. I will always have enough to give. The same goes for everyone else in the world.
I’m sure that some people in my life will still worry.
“How will I get along in such a different place that has such a different language and such different politics? Will I be all alone or have help? Will I be safe and able to fend for myself? How will I ever deal with the dreaded CuLTuRe SHoCK?”
I worry about things that I will have to figure out, myself.
Different politics, Internet bans, VPNs, the language is vast and profound (read: CoMPLiCaTeD), how to navigate vegan-friendly and cruelty-free living in China, importing products from home, using China-based apps. I’m still figuring it out as I go. And let me say that I’ve been learning A LOT. In fact, it’s been a HUGE learning experience for me.
Not only is it a huge personal growth journey — but the possibility of interjoining paths with my own path, being affected in a positive way, life-changing encounters … that’s a beautiful possibility as well.
This experience has added to my heart and mind even more and — in some way or another — has contributed to my own personal growth journey more than may even be apparent.
It’s not that I ever thought that I could only love one place or one culture or one language, but each time that you do cultivate love for yet another person, place, or thing — it can only add to the blissful heart experience of one’s own personal growth journey — PERSONAL HEART AND MIND JOURNEY. Double love, double happiness (囍 — Chinese double happiness symbol).
And I might add that “leaving the USA” doesn’t mean leaving it behind or having any less love for it, either. I will always be a patriotic American and have love for my home country, and I will — of course — be back soon!!!
Always share your love and appreciation with the world, never hold it back. It’s more life-changing than might be apparent. Be gentle, be respectful, be loving. We are all living and conscious beings, SOULS, with love potential in our hearts, so let it grow — free and infinite.
Home is where your heart is, it’s within you and around you. Home is the love inside of you and that you share. Always have love, and you will always have home.
Thank you to someone special to me. Thank you to China. Thank you to the world.
(I am definitely
tearing up crying as I write this.)
Thank you so much. May God bless you.