“Life in Seattle made me feel like being trapped in prison. My life was only working, Monday to Friday, 8:00 to 5:00. A life like this was suffocating me every day.” Cam described his life before coming to Taitung. Then, he discussed after arriving in Taitung, where he met his soulmate and altered his past lifestyle. “I discovered that I could live a different life in Taitung. Although I can’t make a lot of money, I don’t have to worry about not having enough to eat. So I want to live here rather than in the United States!” Cam firmly stated that he is now the owner of a coffee house, a freelance photographer, and a dad. A man of many trades. “Although busy, I’m really quite satisfied” Cam laughingly expressed.
Regardless of rain or shine and waking up to a seemingly identical day, rest assured that today will be a little different than yesterday. A mundane existence can be escaped. Cam had the courage to step out of his comfort circle and embark on a life-changing journey. “When I first came to Taitung, my Chinese was not good, but the people here were still very welcoming. Once I was eating alone, and a person treated me to a beer and invited me to have lunch with them. Someone once stated, “In warm weather, there are warm people.” “I really find a lot of truth in that statement.” Perhaps there is a slight relationship between the warmth of the people in Taitung and the warm climate. Our interview took place on a hot and sunny afternoon. It served as a reminder for Cam of the warm heartfelt experiences encountered throughout his time in Taitung.