Definitely there will be a lot of first times in life; but being overseas really made me realise how a new landscape could lead to changes that I would never have foreseen before. Meeting new people and making new friends, it creates dynamics that I was surprised to find are completely different from those which I shared with previous friends; a bond that could not otherwise be forged without me being in this exact time, at this exact place, in this exact moment. Sometimes, first times don't have to be forced; instead they just come naturally!
For the first time I found that telling people things about myself was not me showing off ; neither did I have to think about how much to say and whether I was annoying them. I've never had anyone truly, genuinely interested in what I had to say and what I do, especially in relation to chinese music. But in these few days I've come to recognise many friends who may not share this interest in the same way that I do, but are really interested to learn about my ideas and views on it!
So for the first time, I gained confidence in myself; For the first time I found people who are interested in what I love. And for the first time I was truly happy in sharing my personal views on what I love to do most in the whole wide world with others. I really feel that this isn't something that can happen everyday, so live in the moment and fill each day with happiness and optimism.
Here's a song for all of you to encourage you to live in the moment! I really hope by doing so, you'll be able to remember fondly each and every one of your first times, without letting them pass you by.
It's been my dream since I started getting to know more about Chinese music to be able to live in Taipei, and now I'm finally going to be able to! Starting from the 11th of February, I will be staying in Taipei for 139 days and hope to share parts of my experiences that may be helpful with readers everywhere! This may include upcoming events in Taipei, concert reviews, and just titbits on life in Taipei in general. (Feb 2014)