Author’s Notes: For those whom I haven’t told yet, my career is taking me back to Asia. I wrote the following on June 11. For the purposes of surprise visits upon my return to Ontario, I decided to delay this entry. I’m sneaky that way. I may have also fibbed to a few people. Obviously, I am not here on vacation.
So it certainly is beginning to feel more real. Now that I’ve officially graduated, the task of packing up my life in Victoria truly begins. Vehicles took next to zero effort to sell, thankfully. The tough part will be selling the odds and ends. One of the advantages of having moved out to the west coast in the first place is that I was able to do away with a lot of things, minimalizing what I’ve owned. This makes the process infinitely easier.
I’ve spent the past couple of days washing up some clothes and loading suitcases. I’ve been able to fit almost my entire wardrobe in two bags. I feel as though that is a great accomplishment! I then look at TheWife’s™ packing, and I am incredibly humbled. A carry on and half a full-sized suit-case. This realization is somewhat mitigated with the knowledge that I am twice the size as she. I’ll take this as a victory.
So, the question may be circling some heads. Why is he going back? There are multiple reasons for this. In all honesty, I knew this day would come again at some point. As those closest to me know, I have the itch. I like to wander. As I’ve said before, I compare myself to a potted plant as opposed to a tree. I have difficulty rooting myself to one place. A second aspect to what has brought me to here relates to the whole mid-life crisis thang, and my general desire to experience more of Asia. My trip to China will not be my last stop. China is my refresher course. Further on the docket are destinations such as Thailand, Vietnam, and the Holy Grail that is Nippon! Let’s face it. I am not getting any younger and my window to experience these countries the way I want to experience them is closing ever so slowly. Third, is of course, timing. Everything seemed to align to make this happen, with my getting laid-off from my employer and me completing my degree in close proximity. What really sealed it, though, is a bit more complicated.
As I’ve gotten older, I have come to the conclusion that there is something horrendously wrong with the world and how it functions. Many of us are still living in a world where we consciously or subconsciously believe that buying things makes us happy (although it is good to see that more people are spending on experiences than on things). We accept the status quo of governments and businesses working in tandem to keep power in the hands of an increasingly select few. The betterment of society as a whole is only used when it is convenient for corporate or governmental needs. I, up until recently, worked in a company that, while I firmly believe was cleaner than most, worked in the very grey industry of internet advertising. The excuse I heard most often was basically lemming theory (i.e. everyone else is doing it). The majority of what we do, by extension, is corrupt somewhere down the line. I, for one, want to participate as little as possible in these machinations. I also believe that the best place to initiate change is with students. I am now in a place educationally, and mentally, to start to plant my own seeds, in an effort to get the next generation to think more critically and hopefully come to similar conclusions so they can be a part of the change in which needs to come if society is to move forward.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
So, yeah. Part of my decision is certainly self serving, but I’d like to think that it also has a greater purpose than just what I want for myself.