There are all walks of life in Taiwan and each of us has a different reason for the things we do. Some of us have been here for years some only for days. Think back to the real reason you came to Taiwan. Why did you come to Taiwan and what were your goals before you left your home country? Have those goals changed? Did you achieve your goals? Did you achieve those goals and then set new ones?
As I remember I had always wanted to travel to Asia to see what it was like. I thought while I was in college I could come to Asia for the summer time to teach English, make some money, and return home richer and wiser to the mystery of the orient. It ended up that I only had my plans crushed with rejection letters telling me I needed a degree to teach English, so I gave up, figuring I probably would changed my desire.
Over the years during college and after I met several students, professors, friends, etc, from Asia. Actually come to think of it, most of them were from Taiwan. Keeping in touch with them over the years I finally decided to come to Taiwan with the goal of learning Chinese, culture, and several other things I couldn’t have imagined living my life as an ordinary person oblivious to life on the outside. Living in Taiwan has really opened my eyes to many things. Though, I’m still working on my goals, I feel coming here was the right choice. I find it useful and necessary at times to continue striving to meet and make new goals for myself.
All of us have different goals, different plans, and different encounters that made us in one way or another come to Taiwan. So what about the rest of you? Any stories to share?