I first experienced Japan in Summer 2008 and have always wanted to return since. Somehow, as a graduate in 2011, I was offered an amazing contract to live and work in Tokyo for two years. My love of Japan has never faded since my return but in my mind 'two years" was firmly stamped. A new contract had to be signed in November, I politely said no.
Since then I have been planning my departure from Japan. I know - months and months in advance but moving oneself from Japan is a long process. I began advertising my belongings, selling furniture, cancelling trips, applying for jobs, thinking about life with no more Japan.
All was going well, or so it seemed. I have had moments of severe doubt for the past three months. Was I doing the right thing? What do I want from life? Where do I want to work/ live? But I quashed them, desperately trying to see beyond the life I had created for myself in Japan. Then miraculously life threw a curveball at me, or rather my boss did. Without going into too much detail, besides admitting I believe that things happen for a reason, I am staying in Japan. Thats right, I am going nowhere and neither is Japan As I Find It.
So there you have it, the secret I have had to hide for some time is finally out. Am I happy? Yes I truly am.
Has life ever thrown you a curveball? What did you do?