Through a whirlwind week, a burden was felt and our lives are changed. The time has finally arrived.
For months, I have been asked the question, “Do you want to move to China?” My gut response each time has been simple: yes. Everyone has known it was in James’ plans long before we started dating. He jokes that he brought me to China the first time because he knew I would fall in love and the rest would be history. Of course, I was semi-expecting a proposal while we were there, but that’s a story for another time...
We didn’t know when or how we would end up there, but the feeling was there and our hearts were open. We were simply waiting for the right time.
It seems that the time has finally come.
At the end of August, we will be packing up to move to the other side of the world for an extended stay. James will be enrolling in Wenshan University and continuing his study of Mandarin with hopes of pushing closer to fluency after another 4 months of immersion. Meanwhile, I will be working to finish arranging the iU Band’s December tour and other upcoming events while freelancing whenever possible for clients in the US.
I can’t speak a word of Chinese and my comprehension is pathetic at best. I can pick up on context in a rare circumstances, but that is because of my perception of body language. I’m expecting to experience complete culture shock and to be stretched and challenged in ways I never thought possible, but that is really the source of most of my excitement.
It has been an incredible chain of events that has led us to this move, coupled with a few very hard decisions that have impacted some friendships more than we would have ever wanted. But the time is right and the opportunity is being laid at our feet. We just have to answer the call and dive in head first.
Here’s to diving in.
Here’s to a month of wrapping up loose ends...
... to applications, hoop jumping, and consulate contacts.
... to planning and re-planning and last minute changes.
... to consolidating, prioritizing, and sacrificing.
... to tearful goodbyes and excited ni hao’s [hellos].
... to the end of one season and the start of a new.
We're going to China.