Normally I don’t write (deeply) personal things here on Baby Kaiju. The theme, tone, and focus of this blog has evolved since I started it last May. I want Baby Kaiju to be a resource, and not a journal where I collect my thoughts. However…
The reason why I’m writing this post is because a few weekends ago, I did an interview for The Black Experience Japan @theblackexpjp on Twitter and Instagram).
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And, even though the topic of the interview was me, it was so hard to talk about myself!
I keep replaying the questions in my head and wince at my my mixed up answers. I still haven’t been able to watch the full interview, but you can check it out below:
What sticks out the most is that I couldn’t even give an articulate answer to the question, “What are your dreams for life in Japan?”
Living here was always my dream and 11 years later, it’s still hard to believe that I actually made the move to the other side of the world.
Weeks later, this question still rings in my head and now I wonder: What happens after a dream comes true?
I am so grateful to have this opportunity of life in Japan, this experience, and all the ups and downs that have come with it. (Trust me, there have been plenty of harsh painful “downs”!)
Getting here, for many, will remain just a “dream.” Others will arrive and find out that reality in Japan is tough to face. Another group will leave, whether it be because the end of a contract, personal issues, or to seek opportunity in a third country.
Then, there’s the small group who stay on for years, start business, raise families, and so on. I’m adjusted now, but I felt lost several times, There was even a period of “self-discovery” through booze-filled globetrotting. Yet, finally I feel like I’m where I should be. Still, I can do more. I can go further.
Through this blog and writings guest articles on life in Japan, specifically as a parent, articles so many women have reached out to me. It can be something light and simple like what brand of yogurt is good for babies to something heavy like possible maternity harassment.
These DMs and emails coupled with the interview question, “What are your dreams for life in Japan?” have made me realize that even though 11 years have passed, I still have more work to do.
I’ve created a new goal, a new dream for myself and will start building the foundation that will hopefully allow me to connect more with the foreign community as well as with working moms in Japan.
I love my beauty and travel posts, but expect to see more “how to” and life in Japn posts on Baby Kaiju.
Until then, it’s time for me to ponder my dreams for life in Japan…