a point of decision
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New Year 2006
After a year of university I was wondering what to do. I didnâ€™t want to waste another 4 years of my life getting pompous and over-educated. So I did some research and called up a few universities around the country. Two universities would accept me in their BA course for Chinese language as a third year student on account of my HSK score. It didnâ€™t seem challenging as the BA only was to get a level 6 HSK score and I already had 7. I was thinking â€śwhatâ€™s the point ?â€ť why should I waste my youth sitting in a classroom? Is a little bit of smugness (for a piece of paper)worth two more years of propaganda?
Well if I wasnâ€™t going to study I might as well work. Not in at a clock-punching daily grind that most people go for thatâ€™s not for me.
I was facing some tough questions. What was I going to do with my life?
I thought about my life so far my good times and bad ones. I came to realize that the happiest times for me were times spent contributing. Giving of my time, service, aid, and most of all care. The year I spent as a high-school exchange student in
Growing up in undeveloped countries, in sometimes-rough conditions, never seemed to be fun for me as a boy.
I made a decision to try again in the 3rd world to make a difference. I know the way it is out here. Idealism and blind belief in humanity doesnâ€™t appeal to me, Iâ€™m not out to feed the world. Balance, focus, and practicality are things to go for. I believe people arenâ€™t going to change their physical lives unless thereâ€™s a change of heart. I canâ€™t change hearts, Iâ€™m only human, God has to change them. I believe a physical as well as spiritual change is needed for a happy well-adjusted life. I would learn more with time.
I would start in