China is full of people happily living such a radically different lifestyle from my own it makes me question the reality I choose to live in every day back home.
Spending a day and night on the Great Wall helped to widen my perspective of my own life in the great span of human history (which is still only a blip in time). A thousand years ago, millions of nobodys -- with lives, personalities, desires, and goals like anyone today-- built the wall. and there I stood on it, in a future they could not have imagined. I am here only for my brief speck of time, my blip of existence, like the nameless millions who created that wall.
We camped in a guard tower on the wall (WAH?!) And staring up at the Milky Way from our stone bed, we recalled astonomy lessons about the unbelievable magnitude of the cosmos we are tucked inside. The earth is a grain of sand in the universe, and I am a speck of dust on that grain. What will I do with my miniscule space and millisecond of time in this universe? There are so many, SO MANY ways to live a life.
Read Marc's take on it.