I have been thinking lately more and more frequently about my upcoming trip to Japan.
It is now only two weeks away (not even, actually), and I am nervous but excited, and somewhat stressed.
But the stress isn’t about typical things, so much… not typical for most people, anyway.
It is about feeling a need to make plans for my trip.
Have you ever been busy and away from home for so long, that all you want to do is just go home and do nothing in particular other than be home?
Well, this is kind of how I am feeling about this trip to Japan.
I don’t really want to have to plan anything, because I feel like I am just going home and want to be home for a while before I start making any plans… plus, when we are home, we have time to figure out when to do things, because we live there…’we aren’t going anyway anytime soon.
But I am only visiting for a couple weeks…, about three weeks all together, I suppose… I don’t have all the time to schedule later.
Or do I?
I think I might just…
Anyway, I find it odd that going back to Japan feels like going home… like I’ve been off at college for the semester, and am finally returning home for the winter break…
But my semester has been two and a half years this time.
I wonder if it has to do with the fact that this was the first place where I was entirely on my own, as an adult.
I couldn’t go have lunch or tea with my mom, or ask her to help me do something or other, or go to her house for dinner and a movie… or anyone else who had become part of my staple people in life… I was on my own in my day-to-day.
And I built a home for myself, even though it became all too clear that the culture was not one in which I wanted to stay living and working long-term… I had said that I wouldn’t have to be paid a lot of money to go back to working in and living in Japan…, and that still stands.
However, a visit to Japan, as I always said, is a great idea.
And I am delighted.
I will test this idea of not scheduling anymore for now… I think it might help significantly for me… mhmm…