Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Introspection (and Random Things I Think You Should Read)

I guess this post is more for myself than anyone who reads it (all 6 of you, ha!). I've had some time to think and I'm feeling very introspective after the events of last night. How could I have been so trusting? But then, aren't we supposed to trust one another? Isn't it human nature to want to help those in need? I say that after avoiding the sad eyes of the poor Vietnamese beggar who approached me on my way to this internet cafe. How can I be so angry at the man who took advantage of me when I haven't done anything to deserve his help? He shouldn't have been so malicious in his actions but I'm not an entirely blameless victim. It is difficult to travel alone but I made myself an easy target last night. I shouldn't blame others for my own misfortunes, even if it is (almost entirely) their fault.
But now I'm past that. Moving on! Since I am here for the next... 4 days I have more time to explore Hanoi. Really get down to it and see this city.

Just for fun I'm attaching an article I read about a 16 year old boy from New York who lived in China for a year. I think this is wonderful! When I return to the states it's programs like this that I want to be apart of.

From CNN: Immersion Education in China

And because I'm feeling extra random today I'm going to throw in one of my favorite poems:
The Road Not Taken
Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

1 comment:

  1. Oh dearest girl. You have such a kind and good heart. No one deserves to be taken advantage and it seems like you are handling it as gracefully as any one could. It is impossibly hard being such an obviously an outsider, it can either be a blessing or a curse. Mostly a curse though.

    I love you so much! And am wishing you a happy January 19th. xoxo