I paid all my bills today. Happy October! For a month there, it honestly didn’t seem like I would make it. I had to do so many grown up things to get to this point: I had to cash out my entire life’s savings for a new apartment in a new city in a country that isn’t home and memorize my address (okay, so first graders can do that, too) and open a bank account and get a Hong Kong Identity Card (which I have now, and it’s great–no more waiting at customs to and from China) and work for a month at a new job in a new city in a country that isn’t home and have a month’s salary directly deposited into the aforementioned bank account and meanwhile ignore the bills that keep coming to the new address I memorized because the last tenant hadn’t paid them but I couldn’t either until the salary from the new job was deposited into the new bank account and then take those bills to an ATM of all places where I transferred money directly into the accounts of the landlord, water company, and electric company.
Hong Kong is so incredibly mechanized I sometimes expect government officials to fold away their skin to reveal gleaming metal skeletons and carry on conversations with me in binary code.
In any case, all this to say: I have survived my first month and a half of being on my own in the biggest way yet. Love to those who helped make that possible.