Everyone will ask themselves questions some time in their lives, the bigger the event, the bigger the questions. 2008 was such a turbulent year for me that I came up with the biggest one I can ever think of: What is the meaning of life itself? and Love?
I then started to look for answers in books, most of my my money went from my bank account to AMAZON.CO.UK, then back to my room in the form of books. I read anything from Jean-Paul Sartre to Bertrand Russell; from Virginia Woolf, to Jung Chang to Doris lessing; from Aristotle to Lao Zi; from Oscar Wilde to Kafka to Orhan Pamuk to Ian McEwan…. I read, think, think, read… and one day I suddenly realized that I have became something called “LONER”, I ate alone, went to cinema alone, drank alone, traveled alone, slept alone…… I yearned for understanding, but I couldn’t find fulfillment in it. I was not Happy.
5th of September, 2009. I made a decision: I have learnt enough from books, now I need to learn from others. On the day I turned 30, I set up this project for myself – to speak to one person a day, communicate with him/her, listen to his/her stories, and try to learn something from it. I had no idea who I will be speaking to, what are we going to talk about, where that is leading me to, what will happen to me, what will be waiting for me at the end of this one year project… But I was excited about the idea, and I told myself if I enjoy the experience, my whole life will be happening in this format from then on: one project (things that I like to do) each year till the day my life ends.
To be able to speak to one person per day, then went back home, recall the whole conversation was not as easy as I thought. It required a lot of discipline and faith. Some days I ran out of people because I ran out of energy myself (working six days a week full time was already a challenge to me physically), then I would just stop a train driver or a beggar and talk to them to make up for the day…This project has took me to places that I would never been otherwise, spoke to people I would never spoke to otherwise, had experiences that I would not have otherwise… It is an amazing journey, and now I want to share it with you and hopefully you can learn something from it too. All the experience will be recored in BLOG section, I started to upload all my record on the 14th of July 2010.
On the 11th of June, 2010, an idea for the second project was born during my visit to a remote village in North China, after I donated the books that I have read while I was young, I made a promise to myself that after 365 days, I will go back to the exact village, exact school, with all the books that I have collected from donation, and build a library for them.
Life is very strange, and very short. I am just trying my best to be a better person, and make the most out of my life.
Thank you for reading my blog, and thank you for donating me the book.