It’s the best advice that leads to a healthy outlook for the individual trying to rationalise and stay sane.
It is and it isn’t.
I’d walk if I were the OP. But then, I can.[/quote]
Which is sort of like a butterfly saying to a caterpillar, “I’d fly more if I were you”.[/quote]
This is true and a typically excellent point.
I don’t know what work rights the OP has, but I guess it’s an employer sponsored ARC. I was on similar during my first few years in Taiwan and I never had to work for less than 70k a month. I think that even on a standard ARC I’d walk if I were only taking home 30k. Other people might choose to bend like a reed, which is fine. For me, putting up with shit day after day is unhealthy. If you can change something that is seriously upsetting you or making your life unpleasant then it’s best to change it. If you can’t then grinning and bearing might be the only way - although I feel that those of us from the first world always have options.
I don’t agree that grinning and bearing a situation is the best advice for someone to rationalise a situation and stay sane.[/quote]
Sure, but then again, as per my understanding, the reason you are better able to walk away is that you got married.
My point is about the ESL game in Taiwan on the whole, and that at times it is healthier to grin and bear it than to call people assholes or flip them off (not that anyone was suggesting the OP should do that, it’s just a situation I have suggested). It was supposed to embody the sentiment that it is better to stay calm than lose your head, though that may not fully be expressed by the sentiment ‘grin and bear it,’ so I understand why you’d find what I said to not be the best advice.