My first post, about four years later. Wow. Procrastination. My decision to do this now is not isolated. It is part of a new thrust on my part to simply get things done. Things I want to do. Like start a blog. Tell people about my new life in Japan without writing them all long e-mails. Read books I want to read. Listen to music I love, like or am simply curious about. Respond to e-mails timely. Remember birthdays and buy gifts. Mail things I want to mail…the list goes on. But I think this is a good starting point.
How could I forget–study Japanese.
I’ve only just begun striking things from the list, but, omg, I feel so in control of me. Don’t ask me who was in control before. But now, it’s certainly me. Being away from home at this stage offers a clarity I have never experienced before. Never. The first time I was away, I was maybe too young to appreciate it, and perhaps still too close to many of the things that were clouding my mind. But now, several thousand miles and a time zone away (I can’t verify the accuracy of that and will not be my compulsive self and research it), I am experiencing such a freedom from everything. And I am able to focus on those things that matter to me.
Well it really is just one thing, which I found a quote from a woman I had never heard about prior, to sum up- “I finally figured out that the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it.” Her name is Rita Mae Brown, a writer. Something I used to want to be. Something I need to re-add to the list. Write.
For now, though, a few pics from my new life.