Day 9: Getting Involved

Pessoa Coffee (it is funny how no matter how many times I have been there, I still do not get how to spell it), run by the man himself called Peter Chen (who also eats lunch at 2pm), has become my favorite place in Xizhou. Mr. Chen was with his friends this time (apparently they run similar shops next to each other and often stop by each other's business to help). We got to know a lot more about Mr. Chen and his background. It is interesting how many of the owners never in the first place dreamed about being an owner about a shop and instead many of them thought they would be getting an office job or other type of job. However, during university many of them turned around to a complete area of newf interest! For example, Mr. Chen was going to be an economist and studied it throughout university, however at his first job (Starbucks), only his application was accepted and he ended up falling in love with coffee. Even to this day, Mr. Chen never regrets turning his back to economy and changing to coffee business. This type of story really twists my view on many of the people, they are all incredibly happy with their life choices even if does not mean that they end up in upper class... After this, I took a view around the shop. The background even provided more insight into many of his decorations around the shop (all designed by Mr. Chen). They seemed to reflect upon his journey so far, a line on his wall seemed to represent the different sections of his life. Now, when I look at him, Mr. Chen truly seems to be happy and content with the his current results. 

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Yeah, it is hard to define

Yeah, it is hard to define happiness. One thousand people might have one thousand definition. It also varies along different time even with the same person. Try out as many as possible, or settle down as early as possible. There is no right formula. I, personally, prefer the former.

After Microcampus, my life has been greatly affected by the new and different experiences that were offered during Microcampus. From being able to work efficiently and effectively to having meaningful conversations with (at first) strangers around me. I know understand the difference between "giving" and "trading" and the awareness of impact. How that perhaps people in need aren't necessarily always wanting gifts, but instead a trade, a bond, an understanding between two drastically different people. I also realized how much could be gained from just viewing the world around us and not just our smartphones and computers. For once, I noticed how the buildings were set up in a certain way or how some certain art was covered, I feel this type of education has been more effective than any other program I have ever tried out.