Monday, January 05, 2009

How Long It Has Been Since When I First Arrived

On Jan 5th, 1995, I flewed from Beijing to Detroit, then to Rochester, New York, a timid, nervous girl, wearing too many layers.

And I donated $50 out of the $700 total I brought with me, which was supposed to last me 2 months all inclusive, to some stranger man in the airport who is soliciting donations with a pad, just becuase I wanted to be nice to the first American who talked to me once I stepped on its land.
I did not learn to say no, I was told to be nice and sweet now you were going to another land, living among strangers.

I did not know what was in stock for me, journeys, testing times, people I would meet, enjoy and love.

At that time, following is on TV, they make me laugh:


and these two, I think they are sexy and devoted to their work, and there were aliens everwhere, but especially in Maryland:


Nowadays I watch DVD of this show, and feel related to it, it is really funny


At that time, the president is smart and young,




Today, the president-elect is even smarter and younger, and his book Dreams from My Father moved me deeply



At that time, I looked like this, from a photo booth in a mall in Buffalo, life was tough then, impoverished, but hopeful:



Nowaday, in the right light, I looked like this:


Hey, the smile looks the same, but I think I have lost some hair and some heart, and there are more content hidden under that smile, no job yet, but hopeful.

I have loved and grown up. I am sure I do not have answers for all questions, espeically like the time likes now, but I am much more dependable, and true, although retaining the capability to be whimscal or comical even with heartache--think that is called maturity.

But, I can't help feeling like I have not accomplished much as a human being, like writing a book or making a difference, or loving someone well, or giving fully, or creating something impactful.

Sigh, but still hopeful.

2 comments:

douzilinda said...

It is the second time I saw "sigh" at the end of your article,and,I,too,for the second time,will say,DO NOT SIGH.To be HOPEFUL.And you really can say:I am proud of myself for the past 14 years.
另:我好喜欢你用的那个词:content

A2Z Photo Booths LLC said...

I don't want to make an impact on the whole world....
I will live my life. I will love my family and friends. I will impact my own life with every decision I make.

It's not about everyone else...life is about you! And having the same smile means you are impacting those around you.

Great photo booth pic...thanks for sharing!