I’m a troubled flyer. I despise flying. This is something that developed over the years. In the beginning, I loved airports and flying and all the excitement about the place I was going to. This has changed. I’m not afraid the plane will crash, I never have. I’m just highly uncomfortable in confined spaces and … More Four truths about my traveling
24km west of Miyazaki city, there is a very, very small town called Aya. To be honest, I went there for one thing only: To walk on the Aya Teruha Suspension bridge, which is 250m long and 142m high. I’m not afraid of heights, but standing in the middle of this bridge, with no one … More Aya Teruha Suspension Bridge, Miyazaki (and a short story about a mug)
When you’re a child, you have this idea about who you’re going to be and what life you’re going to live when you turn 30. Everyone does this, right? And isn’t that the question it really comes down to when turning 30: “Am I who I thought I would be? Have I achieved my goals, … More I’m turning 30 tomorrow.
The alarm clock rings. Even before I open my eyes, I’m overwhelmed thinking about the day ahead of me. My whole body feels drained, like I didn’t get any rest at all. As often, I ponder how much money I’d pay so I could just stay in bed right now. On bad days, it goes … More Going to Work with High-Functioning Depression
About six months ago, I tried to put into words how depression talks to me. After I posted it, a friend told me she cried when she read it. To be honest, back then I was at one of the worst mental states I can remember. That’s when I decided I can’t keep living that … More How I see myself…when depression shuts up
So I joined an online Asthma Support Group the other day. And it changed my world. It’s been over 2 years now that I’ve got adult-onset asthma and I’ve struggled with a lot of things since then. General self-doubt, all kinds of fear, feelings of worthlessness and instant depression after an attack, just to name … More My Asthma Support Group Experience
After visiting Taiwan during term break, I had some cash left over that I wanted to spend at Taoyuan airport. Changing it back into Yen would have been a waste because of the insane charges. So, I was running out of time and desperately searching for something halfway useful to buy when I came across … More Funny Stories in Japan – The Gold Smuggle Incident
I knew everyday life wouldn’t be easy in Japan only a few minutes after landing there for the first time. How did I know that? I got off the plane and went to bathroom. And stared at the toilet in horror. There were a thousand buttons and none of them I could read. (The very … More Funny Stories in Japan – The Emergency Button Incident
In the past weeks, I’ve had a weird realization. I’m happy. Not just for a brief moment, but in general. My health has been stable for months. My job seems a lot easier to handle now and I feel like I’m actually making a difference. Every day I’m surrounded by the most positive people who … More I’m happy. And terrified.
All my life I’ve been confused about how much the image many people have of me differs from how I see myself. In my mind, I’ve been a huge introvert as long as I can remember. In kindergarten, I avoided talking to other children at all costs (and spent most of my time in the … More The Extroverted Introvert (Yeah. It’s a thing!)