Saying ‘Yes’ to China

 

Saying YES to teaching English in China :)
Saying YES to teaching English in China 🙂

Having been in China for over a month I have found that by simply smiling, being open to opportunity and trying to speak to people can lead you to the most amazing places. It reminds me of the now famous book (and film) Yes Man – in which a struggling man turns about his fortunes by simply saying YES to everything and I mean everything. Now I’m not condoning saying yes to everything but I believe that creating a habit of being more ‘yes’ than ‘no’ is an essential part of experiencing a foreign culture and one of the reasons that I feel like I’m getting so much out of my adventures in China.

Saying YES to amazing Chinese street food.
Saying YES to amazing Chinese street food.

If I hadn’t been open to saying ‘yes’ to life in China I wouldn’t have experienced some these unforgettable moments:

Teaching nearly 1000 Chinese pupils how to speak English every week,

KTV Karaoke with a group of Chinese Business men at 2 am in the morning,

The lantern and fireworks festival,

Some great games of 6-a-side football with local Chinese men,

The Panda House Hash Harriers,

Amazing meals at my Chinese teachers’ houses,

Becoming everyone’s friend at a Baijiu (the local Chinese spirit) exhibition and being given A LOT of bottles,

Historical Chinese culture (from temples to thatched cottages),

Eating cow throat, stomach, pig intestine, duck tongue, congealed blood, tripe and “mystery meat”,

‘Enjoying’ bruising massages,

Local parks,

The chance to perform in front of over 1500 Chinese school children,

Even being in China in the first place,

AND so much more.

Saying YES (and ouch) to a back massage that left bruising!
Saying YES (and ouch) to a back massage that left bruising!

Apparently it only takes 30 days to either make or break a habit. I challenge you for the next 30 days to say YES more. From my experience it won’t always be fun and sometimes every fibre of your being wants to say no, but life’s too short to say no. The benefits of saying yes are that you’ll see/do things you’ve never done before, meet new people, make friends and have more ‘adventures’. I decided to embrace my own personal yes challenge and couldn’t be happier, so go on, I dare you!

Saying YES to Chairman Mao over my shoulder, but more importantly saying YES to a Chinese adventure.
Saying YES to Chairman Mao over my shoulder, but more importantly saying YES to an unforgettably amazing Chinese adventure.
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One thought on “Saying ‘Yes’ to China”

  1. OK,I accept the challenge!! I feel safe in the knowledge that Tesco doesn’t sell any of those ‘delicacies’ and there isn’t a torture chamber in Forres. Plenty of other things to say yes to though 🙂

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