Tuesday, December 14, 2010
And so ends an era in my life. It's hard to believe that it's all over. I knew that the dream would have to end eventually, but it's a hard pill to swallow. I had become quite comfortable in Tokyo...to the point where it felt like it had been all I ever knew. Will I ever be back? I hope so. I now feel such a strong bond with Japan, and there are many things that I’ve connected very deeply with…certain elements that I will never forget and always long to be reunited with. But through it all, I know that I must return to reality, and let this fantasy world become just another part of my life, even though the further I get away from it, I'm sure it will feel more and more like a fantasy...or perhaps just some story I read about or some movie I watched. Though it only took up slightly less than 4 months, I can safely say it has been the most important experience of my 20 years thus far. Living on my own in a foreign land allowed me to do significant soul-searching, and helped me realize what it is exactly that I want and need in life. It also gave me more self-confidence in all manner of things from surviving unknown regions to dealing with potentially nightmarish public transportation. Thank you Tokyo, for all that you have given me and shown me, I know for certain that I'm a much older and understanding man than when I left the States.