7 Months in Japan
by, 20-Mar-2011 at 09:26 (488 Views)
So in 10 days It will have been a whole 7 months since I arrived in Japan. I found life was surprisingly easy to adjust to, and infinitely more fun. I've gained dozens of new friends, from every part of the globe. I joined the Aikido Club on campus, and with their help I've lost 30-40lbs so far. I've been doing some soul searching, and I like where I'm heading right now. I guess that's the biggest testament to my time spent here: I actually like myself. Sure, I still have a long ways to go yet, but overall I've achieved much.
Of course by now you must have heard the news about Japan. Luckily, my area was not affected by either the earthquakes nor the tsunami. However, the quakes did cause a huge panic in my area, and many of my foreign friends left immediately, or were forced to leave by their governments or schools. I myself have been deeply affected by the recent decision by the CSU Chancellor to cut all CSU programs related to studying abroad in Japan. Thankfully, it seems my school has found a way around it, and I'm going to be able to stay here for the spring semester. Unfortunately, many of my friends aren't getting that chance, and I now find myself the last of 4 foreign Chuo University students left in the area. With everyone gone I've slipped into a mild depression, and my family constantly nagging me to come home isn't helping.
On the positive side of things, I've done a bit of growing, and I have a new set of goals to improve myself. I've finally come to terms with not being able to have a relationship with a close male friend of mine, and I'm overall more happy because of it. He still is the light of my world, my biggest rival, and my best friend. I look forward to watching him find happiness, and I know he's always pushed to me to reach for mine. Meanwhile, I've made the jump to online dating...which I really don't have any time for, but the process, has shifted my though process from, "why I suck" to "what makes me great?" Finally, as if by magic, a friend who I used to only chat with once every 3 months or so, has suddenly taken an interest in regularly contacting me again.
So in conclusion, aside from the recent disaster and my program being cut, I'm doing well over here in Japan. I've learned a lot about about myself and the world, and things are looking bright for my future.