Today wraps up second year here in Japan as well as, my last day teaching for this school term. Here in Japan, the school year runs from April to March unlike in Canada it runs from September to June. I never realized how lucky I was as a student in Canada… we have so much time off compared to the children here in Japan. Anywho, on a more personal note.. There are a couple things I want to talk about for this past year and some realizations and revelations from the year.
First of all, spending all that time and stress towards the end of my stay in Mie was totally worth it and I would go through it again just to get to where and what I am today. Living here in Yokohama has been rewarding on so many levels. Not just in my working life, but in my personal life as well.
I feel like even though I am not a full-fledged teacher here in Japan, I really respect the fact that my school goes above and beyond to make me feel like one of the “sensei’s” (先生) at the school. I had a lot more leeway to do what I wanted here at my school in Yokohama and was trusted to do whatever I wanted, as well as, discipline the students when I needed too. Last year in Mie, although I loved my school, students, and teachers, it was my first year in the teaching realm and that year was about trial and error. This year there was still a lot of trial and error and not every lesson ran smoothly but, I think I am really starting to find my groove with teenagers and teaching.
In my personal life, I have had revelations in almost every aspect. I have learned to be more patient, more caring, a better listener, and most of all, I have learned to be more independent. There was a time I thought I couldn’t do anything alone here in Japan because of the language barrier but for about a half a year, I was forced to do everything myself. That half a year taught me that if I really put my mind to something, I can do it. No matter how embarrassed I might be, how uncomfortable, how stressed, the reward in the end of completing a task that I have done MYSELF was totally worth all those struggles. Sometimes I wonder, is this what it feels like to be an adult? Ha-ha
The following year coming up looks promising. I am not moving on to bigger and better things personally. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job and will continue to do that but I will say I was feeling a little down because I wasn’t able to express myself fully. Once I felt more independent, I started do expand my thinking to try and fill this creative void. Thus, I started this blog after planning about it and now I am getting into YouTube and vlogging. For the first time in a long time, I can honestly get excited about writing, planning, filming, and editing. Everything I make it mine. There is just something about those thoughts that really speak to me on so many levels. (or maybe perhaps I am a little bit of a control freak 😛 )
This year I plan on dedicating myself to studying more Japanese since I am going on my 3rd year and have really no excuse to have such a poor level. Also, I want to be a part of the online community to share my content whether big, small, boring, or exciting. With all that said, please stay tuned for more on osharegirl.co as well as my YouTube channel (I don’t have enough subscribers to make a legit YouTube page so, here in my first video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vGHXAKISbw ). I am genuinely looking forward to communicating with everyone and greatly appreciate all the support you show me in any form. This is my outlet so I don’t go crazy in school, I swear.
Until next time my oshare (fashionable オシャレ) followers,