After graduation, I worked for a short period of time in Shanghai, China’s most prosperous city. I decided to go back to my hometown, though with much reluctance. Some may ask, why did you come back? Shanghai provides many more opportunities than Huai’an, and it’s easier to succeed there. Well, if there has to be an answer, it’s because life there was far more difficult for me.
First, the pay is low for green hands, but the rent is high in Shanghai, usually taking away a great proportion of the salary. Thus you have to pinch pennies because there is not much money left. Second, you often have to work extra hours even on weekends. We know that “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. People need to relax and readjust themselves on weekends to work more efficiently when the new week begins. Third, the housing price is so high that you could never afford a house in places like Shanghai even if you worked 24 hours a day. Therefore, as a non-native in Shanghai, you often find yourself working under great pressure, all you think about is to work harder and earn more money, and you have less time for your own life, which in turn degrades the quality of life.
We all have a dream! Working in places like Shanghai sometimes makes us more proud of ourselves. But please remember, what matters is not where you work, but what kind of skills you possess, what kind of work you’re focusing on, and what attitudes you take towards work. These are the main factors leading to a better future. So, from a long-term point of view, I came back to my hometown. But I’m still a dream-chaser!