July 6, 2020
Had a meeting this morning with my research group and professor to chat about our paper.
I'm enjoying Taiwan so much that I'm contemplating applying to grad school next year instead so I can experiment more with what kind of work I want to ultimately do.
I met a bioengineer researcher yesterday who's Indian, and she's done research in Germany, Japan, China, and now Taiwan. She's so inspiring to me because she doesn't have a stable source of income but she loves traveling. And I'm realizing I can live that kind of life too, bouncing to different universities I want to do research at in various countries. For now, I want to stay in Taiwan. To me, there's no reason to save for retirement at my age.
It's not easy. Not easy letting go of your $$$. Not easy not being around your college friends or your family. Not easy getting all your needs met in a foreign country. Not easy having no idea what your future looks like. Not easy letting go of all your plans and the need for control, because there is ultimately not much you can control. Making money was a great experience in the bay area and I won't regret it, but ultimately material goods don't fulfill.