Everyone is so different here that, as my mother put it, there is no point of reference for judgement. In my Tae Kwon Do practice in Riverside Park this morning there were many friendly dogs and apologetic owners but no one cared at all that I was there. Everyone seems focused on themselves.
|photo bombing at St. John the Divine|
|walk along Central Park West|
|Layers of the City|
|Group effort lego project|
I will be traveling to various points in the states in the coming months before finally settling in this incredible city. I've yet to determine how to frame the coming experience of living here. What will this come to mean, how will Japan frame what I see and how I respond? This is a new chapter and the context is still unclear. Hopefully in the next few days I will come to an understanding of how I might represent this return to America as it fades into a newly defined life.
I remember before I moved to Japan that a friend asked me to reflect on the reasons I was going so that I could reference them in times of challenge. And perhaps now is another chance to reflect on the why of the next chapter. It is still so undefined. Perhaps in the next month something will start to form as I shake of the jetlag and awaken in America a little more fully.