古希臘的哲學家柏拉圖曾說 “Thinking is talking of the soul with itself” 思考是身體與靈魂的對話，他也提出靈魂循環不滅性、同類互知等學說。他說：「我們現在清醒著，但之前的我們在熟睡，我們從睡的狀態進入到醒的狀態，接著我們又從醒的狀態回到睡的狀態，周而復始，這就是循環。靈魂是組成我們的一部份，會在我們身體死亡之後繼續存在，像車報銷不能開後，零件還在，這就是靈魂的不滅性。」
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The truth is that I have recently been through some of the major changes in life so now I have a lot of stories to write.
Quit my job and left the company where I worked for 5 years
Moved away from the country I was living for 10 years
Started living in the biggest city in the world in another continent as a housewife, a volunteer, and a student of the local language
Ended my long-term relationship and sold the house
Back to my homeland after being gone for 11 years
Sailed out for 4 months with Peace Boat as a volunteer
Began my new life yet in another country so I have to learn another language (again!)…
Luckily the series of events did not all happen at the same time. But my life seems to lack stability. Only that this is not new to me. I will write another chapter about that later.
Anyway, I have always enjoyed writing although the last time I had a blog was before 2008 during my exchange student years. I stopped blogging as I joined Facebook and because I felt quite occupied with my full-time job. However I never quit keeping my diary ever since I was 11 (maybe I should call it my journal as I don’t really write daily). This is a wonderful way for me to organize my thoughts, to reflect and internalize my learning.
In January, I told my brother that I am learning Spanish and have started looking for a job. He asked weather or not I have acknowledged these changes in life and let them sink in. It hit me…
Indeed time passed and the feeling of fulfillment at the end of the trip and the excitement about starting a new life have both faded away. I was left with the pressure thinking about it’s time to start the new life I wanted. I also talked about this with my roommate back on the boat. Now I am in Spain and she’s in Australia. It seemed that our journey did not come to an end and it was just another yet longer stop of Peace Boat.
So when is this trip going to end? Maybe the journey will only be finished technically when I get home. But then again, where is my home? I used to say that home is the place where love is. So aren’t I feeling at home now? Bingo! The truth is I am now at someone else’s home and I am no stranger to this feeling. It is easy to fall into the trap of making myself very little and feeling unimportant. Only it all takes time.
Another two months have passed, I feel much more at home now. I decided to widen by social circle by starting language exchange and tutoring. If fact all I want was to talk to people. Now that I feel calmer and things are more in place, I don’t necessarily have to push myself to go ahead anything. I would like to take a step back and look back on what happened to me. That’s why I started this blog. Some friends told me that I should write a book about my life so more people can read. Well…I write basically because I like it. If this could be of any use for other people that maybe they can feel or learn something through my stories, I would be even more happy. So leave a comment to let me know what you think about my article!
I plan to document my trip around the world, places I’ve been, things I’ve learned and people I got to know. Maybe you have seen some of my articles already. Later I would like to look back even further to write about my other stories.