Finally. The last day of 2017. On January 1 I was with my parents in California and now on December 31, in Suzhou. A good beginning and a good ending.
At a distance, my dad is playing cards on the computer in the dining hall; next, to me, my mom is taking pictures of our new member Qiuqiu and posting on social media; in front, New Year music gala is playing in TV.
I could not be happier and more grateful. Finally could say goodbye to 2017, my splendid but also my tearful year. Finally could say hello to 2018, a new year of experiences waiting for me to discover.
Happy New Year!!!! A fresh new start!
I spent the day with my grandparents and listening to their childhood stories. My mema is very good at cooking and sewing.
Could it be happier to spend time with family?
I feel I lost senses of creativity and sensitivity usually associated with my emotional turmoil.
What remains – peace and patience. Yesterday I first time intentionally visited my grandparents and sat with them for a long time. Today I first time waited for my cousins parking the car for 20 minutes and sang my least favorite Karaoke with them.
I feel nothing, and I feel everything. Nothing special about emotions but everything about life.
In the summer of my 4th grade, every afternoon after dinner I would wear my rollerskater shoes and play with my skating buddies in the park. We wore the shoes, chasing each other on the grass, around the lake, through the crowd… but at the south, I never did ice skating.
However, today as the economy grows, my little city finally opened the first ice rink in the mall. And I went with my friend together.
It was a different experience.
Life without VPN, without Google – play with Qiuqiu~
My mom is a fantastic female.
Never go to college and step outside the hometown, she is the one who encourages me to study abroad and see the larger world.
Never appreciated by her parents in the childhood, she develops confidence and wins friendship on her own.
Today my mom took me to visit another lady who opens a Forest School teaching city children to spend time in nature and develop emotional intelligence. The lady has a passion for Chinese education and wants to help Chinese children develop a happy childhood.
My mom uses her humility and friendliness to make friends with a lot of brilliant people. She uses her love and compassion to support me going further.
Staying at home these days, I keep thinking what is my future career goal.
And the Gallup Strength Finder tells me that I am a Woo:
Woo stands for winning others over. You enjoy the challenge of meeting new people and getting them to like you. Strangers are rarely intimidating to you. On the contrary, strangers can be energizing. You are drawn to them. You want to learn their names, ask them questions, and find some area of common interest so that you can strike up a conversation and build rapport. Some people shy away from starting up conversations because they worry about running out of things to say. You don’t. Not only are you rarely at a loss for words; you actually enjoy initiating with strangers because you derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection. Once that connection is made, you are quite happy to wrap it up and move on. There are new people to meet, new rooms to work, new crowds to mingle in. In your world there are no strangers, only friends you haven’t met yet.
The question remains: how to use overcome my analytical weakness and maximize my communicative advantages? Hope someone could help me…