That’s half of college. My entire Jr. High school career. An Associate’s Degree. The time it takes to earn a Master’s. It’s the time it takes for a tiny, innocent newborn to talk and walk their way into the “Terrible Two’s”.
It’s the time it took for my best friend to get engaged, married, buy a house, and get her dream job with her name on an office door. It’s the amount of time it took for my sister to study abroad in her dream city, turn 21, finish college (early), walk (with everyone else) at her graduation, turn 22, try and fail and try and succeed at finding a real-person-grown-up-type job and move to L.A.
Two years is a long time.
And yet, it passed by in the blink of an eye.
If I think about it generally, these last two years took about a week. A month at most, if we really want to stretch it. It was a blur of working and students and friends and routines.
But if I start hashing out the details– actually seeing what I put into every day, every week, every month– then I realize just how much I’ve accomplished and how truly extraordinary my life has been.
I’ve forged friendships that will last forever, I’ve discovered new places– including my dream destination– both by myself and with others, I’ve seen the goodness of people to others that can’t even speak the same language, and I’ve challenged myself and learned more than I knew was possible.
Even though I’m nearing the end of my journey here, I know more amazing adventures still lie ahead of me and I can’t imagine how much I’ll learn and grow from those! As much as I love my comfort zone, the blank canvas of infinite possibilities that is my future has a definite appeal.
These pictures (all unedited, call me lazy) are just a tiny fraction of what I’ve experienced in my second year here in Japan. I’m especially sad I can’t show you my absolute favorite moments: the ones with my kids! They’re just too cute for my poor heart to handle! *dies*
I thought I’d keep this very Japanese and go through the year by the seasons. I hope you enjoy and are inspired to find adventure and joy in your own life!
Wow! So many memories (even without summer in China and Christmas in California) and it was ridiculously hard to pare these down! Thanks for staying the journey with me everyone, I really do appreciate each and every one of you who reads this blog! Your support means the world to me!
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Hello, hello! My name is Kendra and I'm a SoCal teacher with a need to continue learning and a heart torn between staying put in my comfy zone and pushing myself to go out and explore absolutely everywhere. I taught in Japan for a few years and am now about to leave for Peace Corps Zambia for the next 27 months. I would just love to have you join me on my adventure!
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