It’s frustrating when people say something like this to me: “How are you? It must be better than my life with all the excitement you have of being in a foreign country… I’m jealous.” It’s nauseating for me to listen to this balderdash. Okay, it’s not as nauseating compared to when people say, “S/he is the one,” or even worse, “S/he completes me.” I think this is an appropriate time for me to mention these awful lines as right after Valentine’s Day it is usually within a matter of weeks, sometimes days, when people make such ridiculous claims. Most of the time, these relationships end quickly, but anyway, I digress.
If you want to travel around the world, do it! Do what you are passionate about (in many cases)! If you want to teach English in a foreign country, there are many opportunities. The JET Program is only one of the numerous options out there. There are programs for other countries too. I think the JET Program is one of the better ones out there because of the good salary for working as an assistant teacher, and there is a social network that comes with the package. I don’t mean to advertise for the JET Program. Okay, I lie, but I want to point out that there are ways to work in another country, if you want to do it.
Stick to your choices! I may not be the most practical considering my career goals include entering into one of the most competitive occupations (drama) and traveling the world among others. I decided to come to Japan, because I felt it was the best time to try and experience another culture. Will I stay in Japan forever? Probably not, but I am not totally opposed to the idea as long as an opportunity that interests me enough comes my way. Will I go to graduate school? Probably not, because I eventually plan to audition and live on creating works of art. However, if my path changes to something like psychology, then I would go to grad school. Is it silly for me to live this way? Possibly, but I feel that as long as I am walking down the path that is set for me, it’ll work out. I expect very difficult times, but I also expect joyous times.
I do not want to live for money, nor do I want to live for the sake of work. I want to create art for the sake of creating art. I want to help where I can. I want to see and experience what I can and what I want to an extent. How much to an extent? I will only let it go as far as it extends based on my beliefs and way of living. I am not trying to endorse “fighting the system,” because I know that we are also bounded by society. On the contrary, I am endorsing to work with the system to fulfill your passion in life.
Do not say corny lines like the cringe-inducing ones I mentioned earlier in regards to your boyfriend or girlfriend. Just don’t, otherwise you deserve a slap from me. However, in all seriousness, do not be blinded by the world and society!
Stay tuned next week for another update!
今週の聖書の詩: “Teach me your way, O LORD; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.”
- Psalm 27:11 (NIV)
Setsubun - This was on 2/3 and people throw beans to chase away the devil and let happiness and fortune in.
Snow in Akihabara! This is the first time I saw snow stick in Japan.
Homeless - look how organized...
I just felt like I had to take this picture. I couldn't believe this was in a museum. Can you proofread it? I hope so.