Author/作者: 杜小雯 (Xiao)
English Editor/英文母语编辑: Isabell (伊莎)
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Chinese – 中文原声 – 杜小雯 （Xiao）
English – 英文原声 – Isabell (伊莎)
Abundance is an attitude.
For some of us, ideas of scarcity have been deeply rooted in the mind since childhood. “We can’t do this because we don’t have money.” It seems to make some sense, however, it is not the right perspective to adopt. My father never gave me this idea. When we passed by the bookstore together, I always wanted to buy more books. He would never say “we didn’t have money, thus we couldn’t buy more books”. He would say that if you have a pile of books and you don’t read them throughly, the loss is actually greater. Instead, my frugal mother often mentioned that our financial circumstances were not great and that my future depended on my own efforts, which was her way of motivating her girl to achieve more.
Fortunately, I never adopted any hang-ups on scarcity. After receiving a scholarship to study in Europe, I chose to live in the smallest apartment offered by the university near the campus. At first, I did purchase some extra things because I had more disposable income. Later, because of the nature of our masters program, we had to move home many times. After packing my luggage and carting it from one place to another, I learned that we only need very few things to live. I also fell in love with travelling light and since that time, I became a minimalist.
Choosing minimalism made me feel more abundant. Because I only buy what I really need, there are no unnecessary financial expenditures. Food, transportation and simple, but better quality clothing so that they last longer. Choosing durable items, nutritious ingredients, taking more time to cook, I began to enjoy the feeling that I was taking good care of myself.
Wine is the career I decided to pursue. Of course, there will be expenditures on wine in daily life. How to purchase wine with high quality-price ratio and how to reasonably match delicious food to maximise the enjoyment of the bottle of wine has become an important theme in my life.
So, where should the money be spent? On March 18, 2020, I completed registration and started on the WSET diploma. This was a big investment in my wine education. I was extremely fortunate to have excelled in academia and won a generous EU scholarship at the master’s level. Since I have always firmly believed that a two-year full-time master’s degree has taught me more knowledge than a diploma could offer, I questioned why I should invest in something I have already done? However, the corporate world is a different road. From the moment of graduation, the halo that becomes your academic background is subjective. Some people will care about it, but not everyone will review it. In short, if you can prove that you can achieve excellent results a vocational setting, you will join a larger group of alumni. Lifelong learning is always good and being self-opinionated is the worst state of mind, one must always maintain a strong desire for advancement and a thirst for knowledge. There is always something you don’t know in the world of wine, especially when “The more humble you are, the higher you can fly“. There is no end to learning. If you are willing to pay tuition fees, you will have a better chance to earn them back later in your career.
In an era when everyone is eager to gain more, it is valuable to be able to feel abundant and content with one’s life. As the saying goes, “contentment is bliss. May you feel more abundant each day!”