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WILLIAM ZOU

FATHER. HUSBAND. EDUCATOR.

HI, I’M WILLIAM

THIS IS JUST A REPOSITORY OF THINGS DONE AND THOUGHTS AND WRITTEN IN THE PAST.


 

BIO

I was born to a family of four. I grew up in a middle-class household. My father was an Optometrist. My mother, a homemaker. Early on, I dreamed of many exiting things; from being a teacher to being an FBI agent; from being a world-class athlete to being an entrepreneur; and from being a doctor to finally being myself.

Years later, I realized my nature as a non-conformist and a seeker of the new. So at the time I thought that the only way I could truly live the life I’ve been longing for is to experience life itself—fully.

Once upon a time, I was in an entirely different profession. Then one day, everything changed. On August 2011, I took a two-week trip to Shanghai, China. My heart whispered, “China is where you belong,” and I followed. The voice within gave me something to bear: a new life. Three months later, I began educating children. Maybe I got lucky. Maybe it was destiny. Whatever it was, educating bestowed me with a sense of purpose. Educating made me who I am. The more I did it, the more I became. It provided me focus to channel my creative energy. And, it was my calling, mind you.

Spending almost 8 years in Shanghai has allowed me to travel to beautiful places I would not have seen otherwise. Australia. New Zealand. France. Switzerland. Italy. Thailand. Japan and South Korea. Dubai. Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Taipei. Hong Kong, of course. And all over China.

 
It doesn’t matter who I am. What matters is what I do.
— William Zou
 

I can’t remember everything. In fact, anything past a week becomes vague. That’s why I always carry a notepad, a pen, and open eyes everywhere I go, but, I’m not a writer. I have a pen. I stroke it on paper. I sit for hours and scribble words. I think of ideas and things that nobody ever thought of and tell them in ways nobody ever told them before. I know my way around wording, editing, and publishing. My attitude and the fact that I do the things I write gives me a unique perspective: what was blurry, now sharpens.

Writing is a skill that requires practice. Until this day, I still have no idea what I’m practicing for, exactly, and that’s what makes the whole process fun. I write on a variety of topics to see which ones get the best response. I also write in different “modes.” I have my self-arrogant mode, my ballistic mode, my down-to-earth mode, my half-berserk mode, my rational mode, my thoughtful mode, and so on. I let my readers tell me what works and what doesn’t. Hence, the reason I built this repository.

We all have, let’s say, good and bad experiences in our lives that everybody can relate to, and sharing mine with the public taught me how to acknowledge the things I can't change, the tenacity to change the things I can, and the clarity to know the difference. Having made it this far, I've learned to live without knowing ahead. But what I did informs what I do, and what I will do in the future.