“Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best. / Wherever you go, you’ll top all the rest./ Except when you don’t. /Because, sometimes, you won’t.” – Dr.Seuss
For the most part of my first year in Japan, I felt exactly like this. I didn’t top all the rest but fell far behind for a while. But that is not how I want to look back on it. I want to look back on it and be happy about what I achieved despite the difficulties. The following is my attempt to do so.
I moved halfway across the globe, on my own.
I started a new life from scratch.
I lived in a country where I didn’t speak the language.
I started and continued writing on this blog.
I completed my first year working full-time in my chosen profession.
I made friends with my Japanese neighbor.
I traveled in and outside of Japan.
I got my heart not broken, but cracked and moved on from that.
I made friends that I can’t imagine living without.
I battled severe illness for half a year.
I lost myself and found myself again.
Even though I felt like it many times, I didn’t give up.
I’m grateful despite all the bad stuff that has happened.
I have no regrets.
I’m looking forward to my second year in Japan.
I’m only getting started.