RG Shares His China Trip
Friday, November 4th, 2016
I am constantly asked what is it that I do when I travel to China.
Truth be told, I do a lot of things in a short amount of time. My primary objectives are to source new products and meet with our current manufacturers. It’s important for me to test the products and manage all aspects of the development stages through the release.
I think what you want to know is, what is it ‘really’ like when I travel to China. If you have never had the opportunity to visit China, I must say, it’s an experience. As soon as you step off the plane, you realize there’s a language barrier – it’s a complete adjustment from what we’re used to in the states.
After a long flight, and I mean it’s a long flight (15-16 hours). And that’s the first leg of the trip; we still have to travel a few more hours by car or train to Mainland China. After I go through customs, the second leg of the journey to China begins. When I post on social media, planes, trains, and automobiles, it’s all of those and some. I do a lot of walking in between. Yes, I do count my steps on my watch if you’re wandering.
I should have said this earlier, but I could never do this on my own. I am fortunate to have Potato by my side to guide the adventure; he is there to keep me on track and makes sure I don’t do anything dumb. Potato keeps the business aspects of the trip on track, but of course, he’s my brother from another mother. I am blessed that he lives life by my side.
When I have a little downtime, I love to explore the cities and see the locals in their environment. Just walking through the markets and witnessing first hand what goes on, I am intrigued by the lifestyles and the sense of community demonstrated in the hearts of these cities.
As I walk the streets of China, the thought that I’m presented with is, we’re not so different. We all thrive on relationships and the feeling of wanting to be wanted, but most importantly, we want to share experiences with people. No matter if we can’t speak each other’s language, we desire to communicate with one another. Life happens, but the key is to reach out and develop a connection with someone, even if it’s just for one second. Human connection is key for us to feel completely fulfilled. This happens in all capacities. I took notice to the way these families supported each other and were helpful; they cared without reserve.
I captured images of some small independent shops; unfortunately, the photos don’t capture the dialogue and the enriched connection I felt from these communities. If you follow me on Instagram, I posted some of these experiences – you were able to see firsthand the dialogue and connections I was exposed to.
I will close this post with an invitation, pay attention to the world around you. We often get consumed in our day to day lives that we fail to open our eyes and see the beauty around us. It costs nothing to smile at a stranger and give a helping hand to someone in need. We are all in this together. We can spread the love and Make Amazing Happen.
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