Convenience is something we all enjoy.
Instant noodles. High-speed wireless internet. Short commuting distances. We like all of these things because they make our lives a little bit easier.
Though we might not realize it, this pursuit of convenience is deeply engrained in all of us. So much, in fact, that we will often base our decisions on whether or not it is “convenient” for us. Why do we love convenience so much?
Nobody really likes getting sick. You lose your physical energy, your motivation to do anything, and it’s just downright uncomfortable.
But what’s even worse is when you get sick while you’re away from your home country.
There’s a saying that goes, “You don’t really learn to appreciate something until it’s gone.” This is especially true of our health! But it can also be said of the peace of mind that comes with our access to Western medical care.
In our day-to-day lives, we all have places to go and people to see. Many of us drive our own car, while some of us take public transportation, such as the subway or the bus. Those who are especially motivated (or have no other choice) will bike or walk.
But very few of us will actually hire a taxi to take us to our desired destination.
However, in China, taking a taxi isn’t simply one of many options. Sometimes t’s actually the best option. Sometimes it’s the only option.
Sitting is something we all do. You’re probably sitting right now. But squatting isn’t something we do very often.
If you’ve ever been in China before, you’ve probably noticed that Chinese people still like to adopt the squatting posture as a way to rest (and in order to do other things, but we’ll get to that later). Whether young or old, male or female, rich or poor…everyone here does it.
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Our Western mindset looks at this posture and thinks it’s kind of unnatural and maybe even a little uncivilized. But when it comes to resting, squatting might actually be the healthiest, most natural posture for our bodies. Continue reading