I have this sticky note on my desk. It’s not exactly positive, but it somehow encourages me. I don’t remember when I wrote it, and I only somewhat remember writing it. However, I mostly remember where I was mentally when I wrote it.
I was lost and depressed and stressed and unhappy, and I knew that I was going to stay in this current job to the end of my contract (this coming July). I was concerned with my future, in terms of career, of who I want to be and the lifestyle I want to have, and in terms of potential partnership in my life (think “husband”). And all I knew for sure was that my life was (and still is) here right now, in Japan and in this job. There is something for me here for now. When the something has been reached, I will move elsewhere, but not before then and not after then.
And though I wrote this note months ago, it still applies and still rings true – it even gives me hope and inspiration for my future and my present both, despite its sounding so sad every time I hear myself read it in my head. I think that I recall the pain that was present when I wrote the note, and I feel a connection, a sort of bond, with that person who wrote it. I know that person was still I, but it was a different I from who I am now. We still have that link of utter distaste in our mouths at being in this job and circumstance, though, and that is a powerful bond between us. We work together through this bond to encourage one another to persevere – you can do it, and so can you.
Also, bleib ich einfach
“And so, I’ll just stay, wait”
And I do.