Thanks for asking, John. I’m going to give a long answer for the questions.
The past 50 days have been a rollercoaster of flights and road trips. The money we spent during this time is twice the annual income from my first job. Living in the United States is no joke when it comes to expenses.
But for me, every bit of exhaustion and every dollar spent has been worth it, thanks to the amazing people (clients) I’ve met and the unforgettable experiences I’ve gathered along the journey.
Last year, I read the book “Die With Zero”. There is a concept called – Memory Dividend. The business of life is the acquisition of memories, and in the end that’s all there is … Certain experiences are best embraced earlier in life. For my girlfriend and me, this USA trip is physically exhausting and financially expensive but we believe it pays in the long term in a lot of ways, extending beyond just psychological gains.
The business of life is the acquisition of memories, and in the end that’s all there is.Carson of Downton Abbey
I really like a bunch of things in the U.S. that I don’t see a lot in China. Let me tell you about three of them.
1) Trailer: I’ve noticed lots of cargo, boat, travel, and even dog trailers on the roads. It’s awesome seeing folks go on road trips with so much space for different stuff.
2) In America, (except in some areas, especially in CA), people are always ready to exchange greetings. It gives you a good feeling, almost like the whole society is one big family.
3) Many aspects of the states are different, making the journey from state to state far from boring. So far, we’ve covered 10 states on this trip, and we’re excited to explore more especially Utah on our next trip.
As I wrap up this “essay,” my girlfriend is wearing a <client’s company name> T-shirt, enjoying a movie on her iPhone.