As some of you may or may not know I’ve been living in Shanghai, China since July 2017.
I decided to move to China mainly because I wanted a new challenge. I wanted to do something different, outside of my comfort zone that would help me with my personal development and growth journey. I also wanted to experience a different culture first hand. Most importantly I knew that it would provide me with some great life lessons.
So what have I learnt since being in China?
The Chinese society/culture:
- Due to the large amount of censorship that Chinese people have been subjected too, they tend to be less culturally aware and educated on things that do not concern China or Chinese people
- This lack of exposure means that many Chinese people have never seen a black person before and their curiosity leads to a lot of staring and can go as far as touching you without your permission – something I wasn’t too impressed with and found hard to grow accustom too
- Western Chinese food is completely different to authentic Chinese food, there are no similarities whatsoever. I knew the food would be different but I did not know just how different it would be until I got here!
- Having paler skin is heavily praised throughout the country and so many products (e.g. creams) contain a lot of lightening and bleaching chemicals. Thank God I came prepared
- Chinese people are extremely hard working in everything that they do. Something that I admire about their culture
- It is extremely important to be open minded and culturally aware. STAY WOKE PEOPLE 🙂
- The importance of research and decision making that go hand in hand. I believe that I could have avoided a lot of the culture shock that I experienced if I did a lot more research
- It is important to reflect and think about the type of person you are and the type of person you want to be and the steps you need to take to make it happen
- We are all definitely stronger than we think we are and we must lean on this strength through difficulty and trials. Sometimes your struggle is not even about you, God may be using you as a statement for others. Always think of the bigger picture!
- Your biggest obstacle to success, happiness and peace of mind is yourself. Change your thinking, your attitude and your perceptions and watch situations change
China is a very (x10000) interesting country and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to experience its culture first hand. The experience has changed me in many ways and has also brought a new focus and perspective in to my life.
Have you ever taken the time to sit down and think about how your experiences and decisions have shaped and changed you? I challenge you to do it today.
As Herbert A. Simon said “The choices we make lead up to actual experiences. It is one thing to decide to climb a mountain. It is quite another to be on top of it.”