My family just came back from a 3-week visit to Hong Kong. We spent time with friends and family and it was a lot of fun. As usual, the good times and bad times(mostly good ;)) in Hong Kong got me to think a lot. Before each trip, I would be bombarded with many issues from work and life in general(mostly from work). It was always very important to resolve design issues at work, bug fixes, team management and whatnot. But once I got to Hong Kong and have spent some time with friends and family in this dynamic environment, I would pretty much throw every issue I had from the states out of the window. I would also realize how inconsequential some of the issues are. Traveling to my home town, especially since it’s out of the country always gives me a bigger picture.
Coming back to the United States always takes some getting used to not only because of the jet lag, but also of the dramatic changes in the environments – going from an extremely developed and busy city to a city or a state that is less connected in so many ways(fewer human interactions, lower population density, etc). Late December and early January in the pacific northwest is always dreaded – it’s overcast and the sun goes down at 4pm and doesn’t go up unitl 8am. Aditionally, I can usually leave behind the issues and matters from the states when I’m in Hong Kong. Why this isn’t true vice versa? Is my feelings trying to tell me something? I had little options in terms of where I lived when I was employed by my previous employer. But it just dawned on me now that I’m self-employed, I have a lot more options. Should I give some serious thoughts as to where my family lives?
Have you had similar experiences? Feel free to drop me a note. Wish you all have an interesting 2007!