Published on September 20th, 2011 | by Paz31
Why did we move to China?
This question comes up normally 10 minutes after meeting someone. Right after “what country are you from?” I have written about this a few times before, but thought since we haven’t discussed it recently, it would be a good time for us to revisit the topic. Why did we move to China?As I have mentioned before we weren’t fleeing the country….we both had (Zeek still has) good jobs, a wonderful house, and an amazing community of friends and family. What more could a family ask for? What else could we ever want or need? What could China offer us that we were not getting in good old Milwaukee?
1. First…we wanted to experience the world. Some of you might share this yearning and some may not. We enjoy learning and experiencing a culture. You can learn a lot through books and your National Geographic channel but why not live there?
2. We were tired of consuming…. now this might sound weird, because no one had a gun to our heads telling us to go shopping or that we had to buy something. We wanted to live in a society that wasn’t focused on consuming. We purged a lot when preparing to leave. I mean a lot! We sold, donated, and recycled tons. It felt so good. We now feel silly even thinking of buying something to go with something else. Just think about that comment…”I am going to work more hours to buy something so that the thing I also had to work for to buy looks better.” Hmmmm is anyone else as perplexed by that comment?
We still splurge on the occasional DVD at .60 cents a piece.
In China everyone is a master of reusing….I would say to the extreme sometimes, but there are many valuable lessons that we have learned about “using” something for more than one purpose and keeping our money…well for ourselves. We want to keep more of the money we earn for us and not spend it on something that has no purpose.
This was a HUGE light bulb moment for us and many people found us odd. Why are you selling your car and now you are going to take the bus. That is just silly…you are odd..you must be having money troubles…you must be going crazy!
They were right!
- We are odd...we are unique and want to live our lives as independent thinkers, not followers.
- We were not having money troubles... but we had start viewing how we handle our money completely different. We wanted to keep more of it around. So we became much more selective on what we did with our money. However, in our society that is viewed at as having money troubles. We are still confused as to why that is.
- We were going crazy. We were going crazy with the idea that we worked all day for stuff or crap. We realized that we wanted to live this life we were given.
3. We wanted to spend more time together. We spent most of our morning rushing out the door and late for something. Yes, we were always almost 15 minutes late to anything. I know…I know!
We currently eat every meal together. Yup, we eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner together. (Be careful what you ask for you might just get it.) We get to pray over every meal as a family. We rarely found time to sit down for one meal a day together before.
Is our lifestyle healthier? YES!!!
- The cheaper option is the healthy option. All unhealthy food is more expensive in China. So when you choose unhealthy food you are spending more and getting fat.
- We walk everywhere. We use public transportation and walk at least .5 mile everyday if not more to do our normal things
- Chinese food is healthy…we eat what locals eat. It also is dirt cheap and delicious.
- We buy our food one day at a time. We only buy what we need for that day and get it at a local market 2 blocks from our apartment. We only have milk in our refrigerator. To buy more food than you can eat in one day is considered wasteful. Hmmm…so what is Sam’s Club? We never throw out food.
- We eat with chopsticks and eat a lot slower. We eat all of our food with chopsticks!
- We eat out of a Chinese size rice bowl. We vow that we will never use “American” standard plates or bowls again!! That should be our serving dish. Get yourself a smaller bowl people…please! (we actually use kid bowls from Ikea. they are about the size of my fist)
- Balance your diet and your life. Everyone we talk to speaks about how balanced they currently are. They are very aware of it and make necessary changes if they feel that they are getting “out of balance”. Here are a few things that EVERYONE does to ensure that their Yin and Yang are balanced.
- Drink herbal teas
- Walk daily
- Get back and foot massages regularly to release toxins
- Practice Tai Chi
- Eat a balance of Yin property foods and Yang property foods (I will explain later)
- Cupping massages regularly to release toxins
- We are not as stressed. We have been able to focus more on our lives and feel like we are living them instead of treading water until the next big thing happens. We don’t make our New York Style pizza our event for the night. Our events are now exploring, going, doing, and trying new things everyday.
Like us on Facebook and find out how much weight we have lost! Guess how much you think!
We aren’t doing this because it is easier now than later. We made this decision because we decided we wanted to experience things together as a family. We understand how fast time goes by and that scared us. We knew that if we kept putting off our dreams of traveling and exploring we would be 60 and still planning that year abroad. Our children will be married and having kids of their own and we will be saying how we wished we had done things differently.
Instead, we took our 12 month old son and our 3.5 yr old daughter and boarded that jet plane. Not knowing what we would get when we arrived. Oh boy were we in for a shocker.
Why not learn Mandarin in China! Let’s move to China…yup the decision went down something like that.
After we break it down to people they still seem to look at us a bit funny. I know many people don’t get it. That is okay, they don’t have to get it.