Lately, memories have been on my mind. Maybe it’s because recently I have finished with my identification as a student, and maybe it’s because I am leaving next Saturday. I am not saddened by these memories nor am I dwelling on them. It has been more of an associative exercise than it has been just sitting around reminiscing. For example, when it is a really hot day I start thinking about Miami, or when I look at an object I am reminded of any experiences associated with the object. It has been an act that I do frequently these days.
There was a time when I thought that people don’t change much. However, I have come to mold this into the thought that people don’t usually change much in a small time frame. When I have looked at many of my memories (no matter how distorted) from the good to bad, I noticed how much I have changed. There have been moments when people stated their beliefs on the ability of great change in people. Although I am generally open about the many ideas in the world, I do not recall a time when I have heard any reasons behind the views different from mine on people and change. I suppose change may also be all relative. It seems that many instances where one who keeps in close contact with another feels that each person does not change much, if any. Perhaps this is due to both people changing together and even the influence that one has on the other.
My thoughts do not end here. As much as I am aware of the present, I am currently referring to the past and reforming opinions and beliefs. This all led to thoughts on the future. What will I be doing?? How will my time be on the JET Program?? Where will I go afterwards?? Will I try to stay in Japan longer than intended??
Stay tuned next week for part two of my thoughts before leaving!
今週の写真: As I have been organizing my files on my computer, I came across my favorite picture. I hope you enjoy its absurdity as much as I do.