What If?….. and Because

Photograph from the HsinChu High Speed Rail Station HsinChu Taiwan 

Do you ever ask yourself that question?

What if?

What if you hadn’t quit that job, moved from that city, or lead a different yet familiar life?

From time to time I must admit that I do.  Sometimes it happens consciously when I am the midst of transitioning from city to city, job to job, or lifestyle to lifestyle.  What if I had just stayed in the same place?

However, usually I left or made changes because I had to and they were needed. 

Yesterday when I read Lisa’s blog I could not help but ask myself, what would of happened if I had never left B.C?

This question leads to What if I had never left Ottawa?

I know that leaving Montreal was in my best interest and I sometimes wonder how long I will stay in Taiwan.  Deep down I know that I like to change cities and move on to something new after a couple of years. 

Ironically, British Columbia, the province in which I was brought up has become “new”, yet it seems very familiar and because of that I am not quite ready to go back.  Not yet…….


Because if I had stayed in B.C. I most likely would not of developed my love of clubbing and hence photography…..

Because if I had stayed in Ottawa I most likely would not of married Ranjit……

Because if I had stayed in Montreal I would be….. well unfulfilled and surrounded by superficial people….

At the moment I am staying in Taiwan because amongst all the discomfort and turmoil a lot of good things are happening… 

Now if only I could slow down and enjoy it….


3 Responses to “What If?….. and Because”

  1. 1 mostlyme
    March 2, 2007 at 8:36 pm

    A short poem about your “What ifs…” and the relationship you have with the place you live. In my case, BC.

    this journey
    of you and me
    may be scattered, twisted & unpredictable
    as the sea

    but something about it is destined to be
    a blessing a lesson
    a mythic entity

    so set sail,
    but don’t forget
    the beauty of complexity

  2. March 3, 2007 at 12:37 am

    Now that will happen next week, which is surprising even to me. No more rat race in the mornings. I will only be working 3 days a week, same as you. I think for once we will have the time to enjoy our stay in Taiwan.

  3. March 3, 2007 at 9:28 am

    This is a beautiful poem mostlyme

    Wow I feel blown away. I like the line on “the beauty of complexity”……

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