As I walk the streets of Hong Kong, I constantly feel the need to speed up my pace. Work gets done with upmost efficiency here. All types of dreams seem to begin and come to pass in an instant in this city. One blink of an eye can easily make us lose sight of something that is exotically interesting.
I have been immersed in this fast-paced environment for almost a month now. Although this city is cultural, young, dynamic and fun; however, the vivacious energy that is flowing in the Hong Kong air can make me feel breathlessly exhausted at times.
Lying in bed, while listening to CBC podcasts, I am made to be in tune with my inner feelings. I am made to admit to myself how much I miss Toronto and long to be in Canada. Maybe, I am just way too attached to the peace and quiet that Canada has to offer-the spaciousness and freedom that are hard to come by on the other side of the planet. I still carry the “We The North” mentality, which has deeply instilled in me a sense of pride that is authentically Canadian.
My new life in Hong Kong has just begun. My old life in Canada refuses to come to a complete stop. Life loves to play tricks on us. As much as we like to plan for our future, the ways to get there are always filled with mysteries, confusion, setback and progression. Another week has come to an end for me in Hong Kong. As I am slowing down to contemplate and to reflect on my past, I am also full of anticipation, wanting to find out what the future has in store for me in this whole new world.