Wednesday, 8 August 2018

3 Months in Hong Kong

5 weeks ago, I was standing waiting to board a plane to embark on a new journey; working for an Asian magazine company 9,616km away from home. Feeling elated and fuelled by a combination of thrill and slight apprehension, na├»ve to how hard the adjustment would be, I took off with not much thought with what to expect. 
Having now been living in Hong Kong for a little over a month, it seemed only natural for me to write about such a large proportion of my current life; after all I spend my days writing for a living. On the other hand, writing a stereotypical blogger style article in which I share aesthetic photos of all the food I’ve been eating lies far from my interests. But rather, I wanted to take it from an alternative, slightly abstract angle, by applying this to the metaphors of the infamous Rubix cube; an object so easily able to cause an existential crisis yet remains annoyingly tantalising. The challenges faced by the attempts to complete a Rubix cube I’ve realised lie almost perfectly parallel to the challenges that I have faced in the process of settling in Hong Kong. The more I think of it, the more I’m amazed at how an object so small can be compounded with an abundance of metaphors. 

Resilience; possibly the most prominent metaphor of the Rubix cube. It’s safe to say that amongst the jet lag, adjusting to the lack of vegetarian food, humidity and sheer busyness of Hong Kong, my first week here wasn’t full of uttermost positivity. Questioning how I was going to survive 10 weeks of this new life style whilst being packed into the MTR like a sardine was a thought frequently circling my mind. 
Ever held a Rubix cube and challenged yourself to complete it within 10 minutes, before screaming in anger when this turns out to be a bigger challenge than you initially presumed? I’ve found this scenario relatable to the challenges we set ourselves in life. When something doesn’t pan out the way we intended it to or for the first time we find excuses and call it quits. Similarly, when I didn’t find myself instantly magnetised to life in Hong Kong I was prepared to hand in my notice to work and convince myself that I just wasn’t cut out for it no matter how long I waited for things to improve. 
This is where resilience makes its mark. Resilience is intertwined with courage. If you do not keep yourself grounded on your own two feet when life throws you a challenge, how do you know what outcome will be produced? It may have taken me 3 weeks to become fully situated with the culture of Hong Kong, but the moral is if i'd fought off the resilience and given up after that first week I wouldn’t be here, having experiences I could only have dreamt of.  

This leads to the second metaphor; mastery. Becoming the master takes continuous practice, strength, courage and of course, resilience. The master title is not achieved over night, it is only achieved via the sheer dedication and work you put into something. There have been days at work that I have felt frustrated and undermined, but through the power of reminding myself that I made it this far as well as the encouragement of Family and Friends, I’ve realised that you must continuously remind yourself that you are strong enough to power through a turmoil. 

The third metaphor: Failure, is perhaps the inhibiting factor to achieving mastery. Although personified by negative connotations, failure is considerably our biggest weapon. Having everything handed to you on a plate without the chance of failure is unfathomable to me. Failing leads to discouragement which can be the ultimate ignition to improving. As difficult as it can be to pick yourself back up when you feel like a failure, reassessing and finding new solutions is perhaps a more wholesome way to achieving mastery. Without bumping into some difficulties in Hong Kong, I do not think I would have learnt as much or gained as many insights into the culture as I have. 

My inspiration for this post came from recently watching the “pursuit of happiness” in which Will Smith hit me hard with the line “if you want something, go get it period”. It reinforced the idea that although there will always be knockbacks, people saying you can’t do something, with the power of resilience, determination and a lack of fear of failure, you will become the master of your own craft. As someone close to me has recently said- “tough love is the best way”, this highlighted the importance of the resilience within you to get the most out of a situation rather than dwelling on the negatives and feeling sorry for yourself. 

And so, 5 weeks on, and I’m having one of the best experiences of my life and met some incredible people. Sometimes life throws you a difficult puzzle that takes a little longer to solve, but the ability to overcome it lies within yourself. 

Thank you so much for reading ♡


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