As most of you have no doubt noticed, I haven't written in a long time. And there are several reasons for this. First and foremost, I'm working quite a lot nowadays, with my day-time job as well as my part-time jobs (mainly freelancing). Secondly, I'm also trying to get into university and start studying again (Bachelor of Arts in East- and South-East Asian Studies, Japanese major). And lastly, I'm studying Japanese on whatever spare time I have. The reason for this is that I am hoping to move to Japan within the next 4 years, and start a new life there. As such, my road to Japan begins...
"The Road to Japan" will be a multi-part series where I will be talking about what I'm currently doing in terms of working towards my life goal; living and working in Japan. But I won't just talk about the serious stuff. I will also bring up some things that have to do with my Japan related hobbies, as well as things like pictures from my vacation(s) there.
I have two things that I want to accomplish with this. The first one being that I want something that, when I am done with my studies and have moved to Japan and reached my goal, can look back on and watch all of the hardships I have conquered on my journey there. The second thing is that I want to inspire others to reach their dreams and goals in life. Whether it is to also to move to Japan or not doesn't matter. To those who lack confidence, such as myself, I want to prove that, it may not always be easy, but we CAN make it anywhere we want in life, as long as we work for it. And you HAVE to be willing to work for it if it is something that you truly desire. If you don't, you will get nowhere.
As long as you have the will to do something, and put in the effort required to do it, you can get results.
So what am I doing right now? Well, for one, I have applied for a university in Lund that will teach me about the Japanese language, culture, politics, economics and history. This will bring me some knowledge I didn't already have about the country, and it will make my Japanese good enough to live and work there (towards the end you'll be taking the JLPT Level 2 exam). During my spare time I am working to generate some income (including part time jobs to increase this amount), sharpening my skills in web development (which is my primary field of work), as well as studying Japanese on my own. Of course, I always jumps at the opportunity to increase my Japanese network of friends and influential people, as it can give me an edge when it comes to finding a job there.
The die has been cast and my journey begins.