Few people know this teeny and irrelevant fact about me but I’m a quiet wanderlust, forever an underdog and I very, very often feel invisible. An introvert through and through, this often works in my favour and I honestly enjoy nothing more than my own company, a book and my own thoughts. In the midst of last year though, something just clicked and nothing felt right anymore. I felt restless at home, uneasy at work in London, frankly exhausted when travelling to and from either one… It wasn’t right. I found that I craved spurts of newness, things that felt reckless and, more than anything, adrenaline-giving change. So I left London, I left freelancing and I completely changed my lifestyle.
In ‘The Lucky One’ – and actually also in ‘Welcome to New York’ – Taylor writes about questioning the preempted thought that she’s oh-so-lucky for being a starlet and, in the latter, of the refreshing feeling of starting anew in a city where everybody is searching for something new, something more, something they hadn’t done before.
It’s probably a little premature for this, but Hong Kong really feels like home. “The lights are so blind but they never blind me.” Fo’realz. I adore waking up to the busy city sounds, so different to those in London. I love wandering downstairs and being greeted by the cute doorman who’s trying to learn English despite the fact that I speak fluent Cantonese (I’m his only British resident). The MTR means I have plenty of #CommuterChronicles to share on Twitter. I seriously love that this city is full of new sounds, tastes and smells. I adore the convenience and sheer novelty of how small things can be here (more later). Things don’t shut at 6pm; just sayin’. My commute costs me 92p. I could go on…
I’m new to town with my Chinese name, in the harbour city, chasing fortune and something new. It’s the most unexpected thing I’ve ever done and I still find it hard to comprehend that this is home at times. I’m so never-endingly lucky to be able to do this. It’s crazy. I never felt like I really belonged in the UK, I felt very flighty, very closed-off and drained all the time unless I was in my own house, with family or with a best friend.
How do you relate to ‘The Lucky One’?