Definitely there will be a lot of first times in life; but being overseas really made me realise how a new landscape could lead to changes that I would never have foreseen before. Meeting new people and making new friends, it creates dynamics that I was surprised to find are completely different from those which I shared with previous friends; a bond that could not otherwise be forged without me being in this exact time, at this exact place, in this exact moment. Sometimes, first times don't have to be forced; instead they just come naturally!
For the first time I found that telling people things about myself was not me showing off ; neither did I have to think about how much to say and whether I was annoying them. I've never had anyone truly, genuinely interested in what I had to say and what I do, especially in relation to chinese music. But in these few days I've come to recognise many friends who may not share this interest in the same way that I do, but are really interested to learn about my ideas and views on it!
So for the first time, I gained confidence in myself; For the first time I found people who are interested in what I love. And for the first time I was truly happy in sharing my personal views on what I love to do most in the whole wide world with others. I really feel that this isn't something that can happen everyday, so live in the moment and fill each day with happiness and optimism.
Here's a song for all of you to encourage you to live in the moment! I really hope by doing so, you'll be able to remember fondly each and every one of your first times, without letting them pass you by.
It's been my dream since I started getting to know more about Chinese music to be able to live in Taipei, and now I'm finally going to be able to! Starting from the 11th of February, I will be staying in Taipei for 139 days and hope to share parts of my experiences that may be helpful with readers everywhere! (Feb 2014)