Every trip is an unforgettable life experience. No matter where you go, either a small new town that you never set foot in, or just revisit an old place, you will smile from the bottom of your heart when you think of small episodes from the past. In fact, there are no such setbacks that you could not overcome. It’s you who is hard on yourself. So many things can break you down, but you need to adjust your attitude to win life’s battles.
A time to be born, and a time to die; A time to meet, and a time to leave; A time to be sad, a time to be happy; A time to be ordinary, a time to be a miracle. However, there is no winning or losing, right or wrong in life. There is only what you experience or learn from life. Some of you know that my family had a huge change a while ago. In a complicated mood, I went back to Shanghai where I left 18 years ago.
Compared with Shanghai from my childhood memory, this is a brand new city that has everything, crowded with people and vehicles. Brand new French concessions, the distinct Tianzifang, renewed old houses into Shanghai’s new world, among others, all of this makes me feel like I’m in Europe. There are brand new business buildings everywhere. Some of them look like the buildings that exist in New York’s Wall Street. These may mean a successful communication between Chinese and the Western culture.
I open my eyes wide and try to look for those “old shadows” or “familiar places”. However, things are all changed beyond recognition. Walking slowly along a street that is full of sycamore trees, I miss the old time when I sat on the back of my uncle’s bike passing the street quickly. At that time, I can almost smell the grass in the air. Nowadays the streets are full of unceasing cars and thick air. Is it better? Or worse? It is hard to make conclusions. Times have changed. People change. So does society.