How Far Do You Need To Go To Feel At Home

I could call this a dream come true. I could call this a false reality. I could call it a cultural shock. I could call it temporary. I could call it a leap of faith. But what I can’t forgot to call it is home. My first experience living abroad has been everything I expected and much more. I’ve spent so much time abroad in the past 3 years that American immigration just gives me a wink and let’s me just pass on through. The funny part is I actually have a USA stamp in my USA passport. I’m guessing they started to think I was an expat or something. Well if that’s what they were thinking they weren’t too far off.  From the moment I stepped foot off American soil three years I wanted to live abroad. I wanted to live in Europe very badly but finding work there was a process. I was actually interviewed via Skype once by a German start up company but I didn’t work out. Of course I was disappointed, but at this point in my life I’ve been denied plenty times and I realize that’s apart of the game. All that aside I’ve been to Hong Kong numerous times for the Jewelry Convention in September and March. I’ve always loved Hong Kong as far as visiting, but never seen myself living here. I could tell you many really good qualities of this country and a few bad ones. None of the good qualities were enough to make me move. None of those qualities included opportunity.  None of those qualities included stability. None of those qualities included a position in an international company. Those were ultimately the qualities that lead to me moving from Los Angeles. How could you leave a place like Los Angeles. A place where many come to from around the world. I figured that question only needed to be answered with one word, opportunity. The only reason I needed to leave the place with endless opportunity. I seen Hong Kong as a place that could provide me with things I could not obtain at the moment in the US. I thought this was a time I could do something drastically different than the norm.  By “The Norm” I mean different than other young blacks that have been in my position. I don’t mean that in a negative way. There have plenty of young blacks that have set the stage for me. That have paved that way for me. That have done it up way better than me. Especially when it comes to business and international business. I mean when it comes to professional athletes. The narrative for professional athletes is quite simple. You make your money while in the league then you’re broke soon after.  With little to no experience in the real world to show for it.  In the case of the NFL players the statistics say 80 percent will be bankrupt 2 years after leaving their last organization.  I can proudly say I’m 3 years removed and I’m not in that 80 percent.  Now I can’t tell you what statistics say for 10 years down the road but I would hope I’m not in any negative category.  I reached out to a few friends of mine in Hong Kong to ask about places to stay.  I was quickly directed to a Facebook page that is great for looking for easy accommodations.  It didn’t take me long to find a person with what seemed from photos  had similar interest and a very comfortable looking place in a central location.  Ive only been here for a month now so I will more stories of actually being here rather than my thought process of moving here … To Be Continued … -David G

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