It’s been a very long time since I last wrote an entry in my weblog. As I stated in a previous entry, it seems that the only time I’m motivated to write is when I’m on an emotional low. Only doom and gloom, what a horrible thing for a reader to experience! I wish you were reading about the happy times in my life, which have been abundant. Sadly, those haven’t been recorded. Have faith, dear reader, I am not that depressed. Certainly, I have problems. However, they’re not overwhelming – at this point.
The past few months have seen me pondering the upcoming move to America. (July 4th, of all days!) That day will be a bittersweet one for me. I’ll certainly miss Taiwan. For some strange reason, I love this place. It’s strange because I haven’t really bonded with Taiwan. I haven’t learned Chinese, tried a lot of their food, or seen a lot of the country. (What I have seen of Taiwan amounts to just various shades of gray.) I think that I have always been optimistic when it concerns the Taiwanese people. Even though I haven’t had a lot of face time with them, I have convinced myself that they are good-natured people. I have never had any reason to feel otherwise. Everyone here in Taiwan has made me feel very welcome. For eight years, I’ve felt like I have been on vacation.
Soon, the time will arrive when I must return back to America and back to work. I have no idea what “work” entails, though. I haven’t given it much thought. My wife, Shu Mei, wants me to look online for a job before we get there. She has even forwarded job postings to me. I think that she means well, but I haven’t been in the slightest bit interested. They have all been jobs that I’m either unqualified for, or I would loath doing. I fear I will end up with a job that I despise for the rest of my working years, something that I have the opposite of now. Have I mentioned enough that I simply love being a teacher? I think I have brought this up a time or two before. I simply cannot stress enough how much I’ve enjoyed teaching. To me, it is the best job a person could have. Someone once said that it is the only profession that teaches all of the other professions. It is all about service. As a teacher, I receive a great sense of accomplishment on a daily basis. I cannot imagine that kind of fulfillment coming from any other job, at least to the extent that it does now, as a teacher.