Missing Vancouver

As Autumn is in the air, I began to spend more time pondering on where my life is taking me, and if there is a god, what his intention was when he sent me to Vancouver. I do not know the answers to both questions, and probably never will.


It is just unbelievable that I was on the opposite side of the earth at this time last year. Leaves of the big trees on Main mall were beautifully put on autumnal tints. I vividly remember that I walked by scarlet maple leaves on the pathway next to Thunderbird.


I think what makes me miss Vancouver most is the lingering feeling of freedom I had there. I was not scared of anything, but willingly tried out so many different, new things, which I had never done before. For the first time in forever, I was described by the adjectives like ‘adventurous’, ‘outgoing’, ‘not shy at all’, etc. which gave me even more strength and braveness to jump into unknown worlds.


I still do not know where my life is directing to and what it is hiding or not revealing yet, but I truly appreciate what I have experienced, possessed, and enjoyed so far and those moments will be never forgotten.

 A Letter Written on May 1st, 2015


You may have noticed that I am being a copycat of you this time- typed letter and a little memento. But I won’t list everything we did together since you’ve done such a great job in the previous letter ;) Also I don’t want to make you sad or cry. So this letter is going to be short and condense. I hope your student ID card works by the time you read this letter, but just in case it doesn’t, you now have free access to ICICS 24/7 (as Mina Lee hehe).

Good bye! It is hard to imagine how it would be like after I go back, but I know it wouldn’t be easy for me to live without all the beautiful things I had here. Breathtaking scenery of Black Tusk, vivid city of Seattle, glowing and soothing view of Sunset Beach, surprisingly quiet and empty campus at dawn, and much more…  I don’t want to forget anything at all. However memories would slowly fade away regardless of my will and I know I will move on and change in many ways.  I hope these changes are built on the values I learned here, and eventually help me become a better person. Even though I am leaving now, UBC and Vancouver will be alive in my mind forever- and of course you will be too.

You have incomparable goodness. Dennis Prager (a random guy I found through Internet searching) once said, “Goodness is about character- integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.” This is the most distinguishable characteristic that I found in you.  There were many times that I was so surprised to see how much you value every relationship you have and how you treat other people with your sincere kindness. I do admire the goodness of you and hope it will become my characteristic as well one day.

There are too many things that I want to talk about, but I’ll stop here. Since we will keep in touch, no need to hurry, right? ;) It was definitely the best year of my life and 99.99%- you can round it up if you want haha- of it was all thanks to you. I’ll look forward to seeing you again someday.

Keep your chin up and enjoy wherever life takes you. See you soon!