“There was a time when the world was enormous: spanning the vast, almost infinite boundaries of your neighborhood. The place where you grew up, where you didn’t think twice about playing on someone else’s lawn. The street was your territory that occasionally got invaded by a passing car. It was where you didn’t get called home until after it was dark. And all the people, … Continue reading Beautifully Painful
How Are You? [The person asking (generally) doesn’t care what your answer is] I’m good, thanks! [The person answering is (generally) lying.] How are you? [Automatic response with no regard for the answer] I’m good. [Lie because does that person care if you are having the worst day and you are holding back tears?] In Japan-there is no “small talk”. I have asked my friends-what … Continue reading How’s Your Heart?
09-18-2018 (I started writing…..9/21 I’m going to stop-it’s getting too long). I am looking back at my memos from the past weeks. Every experience is still new and exciting. I’m still noticing similarities and differences in the people/culture/norms. I bet I will do that for my entire adventure. The hardest thing for me to grasp is the amount of time people spend away from home. … Continue reading Pandora’s Box
9/7 I had my first classes today with 7th graders. Here they are called first graders. The differences between USA and Japan are unimaginable as far as education goes. I had imagined something different in my head I guess. Let me share what I have found to be amazing. Students Stay in their “homeroom” all day. Teachers move around each hour. Teachers all are at … Continue reading I am Enough
One’s destination is never a place, but always a new way of seeing things -Henry Miller I’ve been in Japan one month. One month (a little longer now). It seems like I’ve been here far less time than that…and far longer at the same time. Feeling Opposite emotions is a hard one for me-similar to HappySad. School started back at home. I’m so thankful to be … Continue reading Chichi
FOMO and decidophobia describe me. Now, that I think of my worst qualities…how they ask that in interviews-those are my absolute worst qualities. “We walked to dinner, ate together, and talked nearly the whole time. I was amazed that I had as much in common with her as I did. I’d been raised mostly in a completely different country, yet we were so similar.” ― J.M. … Continue reading Forever revolves around YOU
I’ve talked to the stars since I can remember… about my life, hopes, dreams, family and friends. I am still doing this. Each day I am on an adventure. I still cannot believe that. I’ve spent many extra hours sleeping this week and I hate to do it when there is this new world below my feet (but I must need it). I’ve had many … Continue reading I look for You in a Strangers Smile