Pretty obvious that you learn a lot right?
13.11.2015 - 28.11.2015
Well for one, it took me a while to write this reflection about my trip to Japan. I took this trip to quench my fear about loneliness (I get moody on Sundays). This is pretty ironic if you think about it because we’re never really alone as long as we’re connected. What do I mean? Well at any time your phone or laptop is above 1% battery you can simply just send someone a message. Even during black outs your cell phone would still work. Probably one of the most frustrating things about arriving in Japan is that you lose all service and you're no longer "Mobile" until you're up in running with a new sim card. That is the moment you really have to indulge yourself to the fact you're in a new country and you're going to have to ask others for help. (If you know me then you know I REALLY suck at asking others for help as I tend just to pull myself up by the boot straps) Can you imagine how much more patient people were when electricity wasn't even invented yet?
My trip was a whole different culture of sights, sounds, tastes, feelings, and experiences compressed in two weeks. I met a lot of people, said good bye to a lot of people but the world never changes; only you change. The way you look at the world, your problems, and your current situation in life; for me it’s a lot different now. Even my career plans have changed. You read about all these different things in Japan; but it’s a total different experience when you're there and it makes you wonder a lot. It also makes you learn a lot both about the world and yourself.
I NO LONGER GET FOMO
Millennials - We all get intense FOMO (Fear of missing out) and it’s not our fault. We see filtered lives of everybody through online feeds and we consciously and subconsciously compare it to our own. I wrote about this before and it's still the same. We're afraid to ever commit to anything because there's an opportunity of something better. We're taught to not settle, but what does that even mean? Are we putting a value on present happiness for future happiness? We are afraid to do and say things because there might be something better. It's so hard not to write so cliché here but it is really true. I'm sure a few people would trade experiences with me; so what's holding them back? Just do it.
I DON’T FEEL LIKE LIFE IS A RACE
I constantly feel like I'm losing time. I'm getting older, what have I done with my life. Always hustling and rushing to get to the top. But In Kyoto, I spent hours exploring Fushimi Inari Shrine; strolling through each individual path to each individual shrine all the way up to the top. Unique statues of animals; alleyways with water fall shower areas, and along the streams that irrigated down to temple at the very bottom. It was an amazing feeling that I experienced just taking my time, observing this gorgeous place. I wasn't constrained to any commitments. No work, didn't have to catch the next train, or what to eat that night. I simply gazed at everything in amazement with this dumb smile I have on my face. I even met this wood carver that studied in San Francisco and now his life's mission is to bring back the Uji Tea Ceremony and Dolls. I came back with new goals.
YOU WILL BE OKAY
You're 24 and you're still wondering what you're doing with life. Life is a journey and my trip to Japan is just a smaller journey. Sometimes you get lost but that's okay. We often stress about making mistakes without realizing that we're learning from them. The very first day in Japan, I literally took a random train to get to the fish market. I panicked and got off the wrong train station. Arrived at some station and saw a TON of students in their uniforms. Okay, definitely not heading the right way now so I had to ask a random old fellow on how to get to Tsukiji. He directed me to take the next train and stop at Tsukiji. No matter where you are in life, you'll be fine. If you're a little lost, ask for help. People are a lot more forgiving then you set them out to be. Yeah you might be late to get to where you want, but you'll end up there just like I ended up getting sushi at Tsukiji the next week once I familiarized myself with the subway system there. So it's okay to be lost. Stay calm, and carry on.
THE WORLD IS BEAUTIFUL, AND I WANT TO SHARE IT
When I was younger, I didn't really care about traveling. In fact, this is the first year I have been on a plane since coming to America. Nowadays you can view images that have been altered or captured in a way that it's better than how your own two eyes can see. But in reality, it still cannot capture the experience of seeing something live. Virtual reality is getting pretty close but it will never capture the aura you get from traveling somewhere and experiencing it with all your senses from touch to sight and taste. The food was amazing, the people were nice, there are endless things I could talk about and this all happened in two weeks. Life is amazing and I want everyone to experience it.
The world is like a book, and not traveling is like just reading the first page.
LIFE'S TOO SHORT FOR HATRED; THERE IS ONLY TIME FOR LOVE
I never understood why people hurt each other. Like why? Carrying ill will or bad emotions literally brings nothing of value into your life. All the negativity I had about people literally disappeared while I indulge myself into new experiences. All my experiences in Japan were positive, like even the Yakuza (Mafia) members didn't carry guns. It was my little adventure before going back to the states and doing whatever necessary to move forward.
If a picture tells a 1000 stories, then the next couple of weeks I'm going to post a 1000 pictures to tell 10,000 stories.