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It had been years since Iâ€™d seen my old mates from Australia but they were still around so I decided to look them up. We met at a beer garden to catch up on old times. It didn't take long before I realized that not much happened since I left. Life was just too easy for young foreign guys in China and that had taken a toll on their motivation. Granted, life can be equally meaningless back home if not more than abroad. The very act of living abroad presents unique experiences but how far you carry them is up to your own initiative.
â€ś Yeah life was tough back homeâ€ť I told them in a pathetic tone â€ś But I made a bit, so hopefully I wonâ€™t be back in a whileâ€ť I added. â€śWay to goâ€¦ I mean, really, you canâ€™t have this sort of life back homeâ€ť I could agree on that, you definitely donâ€™t get the same mileage on your buck back in the 1st world.
They looked as if they were frozen in time. I thought about how I would turn out if I stayed in this life of ease for as long as they did. For me it had been a rude awakening to return to my home country a true reverse-culture shock. The hard life of back home in a bare tatami room, hunger, and cold winters where all I wanted was a little warmth all seemed like a bad dream.
I didnâ€™t relish those experiences but they taught me much, they toughened me for a life of extremes. It showed that quality of life has nothing to do with the economic standing of a nation.
We went back to their place and played Halo on the playstation, it all seemed so meaningless to me. I didnâ€™t feel was I was learning a thing. It felt as if I had gone back in time to my teenage years. I left the next day at noon they were still not up...