Today is Wednesday. And its raining here in Taipei. So instead of running errands, (errands that I should have done yesterday when it was warm and sunny), I'm going to spend my day indoors. I plan to read, catch up on episodes of Girls, and cuddle with my kittens while I still have them.
In less than 2 weeks, I will be leaving Taiwan. And for good this time. No more repeat visits in my near future. Taiwan and I are officially breaking up.
I don't mean that in a bad way per se. Its just that Taiwan and I have had a tough relationship. One that involves love, and hate, and even mild depression at times. Taiwan has kicked me around, but I think its purpose was to make me stronger, smarter, better, and to prepare me to tackle any obstacle that life may throw at me.
Although its been tough at times, my overall feelings for Taiwan are generally positive. Here, I did more with my life than I ever would have done had I taken a more "normal" route back home. I'm so proud I decided to take a risk and push myself and swim against the current for a few years. But now, I'm done. Time for more stability, more comforts, and more peace in my life.
I'm incredibly sad to go. Taiwan has been my home for 4 years. FOUR freaking years. I grew up here. I became a woman here. I fell flat on my face, several times, and had to learn to pick myself up. Mostly by myself and without my normal support system. But I formed some incredible friendships here - arguably the best friendships I've ever had. People who also were going through similar experiences. People with the same mentality. People, who like me, were adventurous souls and who preferred to take the road less traveled. My best memories of Taiwan include these people and all the times we helped each other survive Taiwan.
As I write this, I am starting to get teary eyed. Its been a beautiful journey. I've been blessed. And as I take my scooter on its last scoots I am reminded of the beautiful country I am leaving behind. I can't believe its almost over. I'm ending this chapter on a positive note. And I'm both scared and excited about what lies ahead.
10.5 days. That's all she wrote. That's all that's left. Sad, but true.