Thought this space was abandoned, dead, and forgotten?
You'd be wrong. I still log on here regularly to read other people's stuff, and I'm always thinking of things to write here. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, I've never taken the time to commit my thoughts to digital ink.
But I take time today to celebrate my successful survival of 3 years in Japan, and look ahead to to year four and beyond. Three years ago today, I stepped out of Air Canada flight 001with the intention of finding work and living in Japan. In my 3 years here, I have only spent a couple of weeks outside of the islands of Japan and haven't been back home. If I were to quickly give titles to each of my three years in Japan it would look something like;
Year 1: Exploration and Excitement
Year 2: Earthquake and Uncertainty
Year 3: Stability and Introspection
After a couple of years of freelancing, I'm now employed full-time to a single company. After coming to the country with few friends, I now have a group of people with whom I can regularly and comfortably hang out. But now that I'm comfortable with where I am in life, Year 4 will have to be about stepping out of that comfort zone and aim for more. Staying stuck in a routine has never worked well for me, as I tend to get lazy and complacent. I'm already feeling that funk creeping in and part of writing this post is about letting my (super limited) reading public know I want to run wild.
I'm also going back to Canada for a few weeks later this summer, so Year 4 will also be a chance to reflect about where I want to be the next couple of years. Looking back at my initial posts on coming to Japan, I can see I thought this adventure would be a 2-3 year affair. But I feel I've just now gotten to the point where I can seriously consider what I want to do next with my life and where I want to go both literally and metaphorically.
We'll see what happens next! Join me if you'd like. :D
Stay sexy, y'all!A complete aside…
Looking back on some of my photos, I found this Photo Booth pic I took at the airport on the way here.
Here's what I look 3 years later...
Not much has changed. (Although I have gained some weight.)