Saturday, July 25, 2015

Psssss...Quiet Please!

At the university library, working on my last paper before I can officially throw in the towel for sophomore year. This place isn't as packed as it was last week but I guess everyone's tired and just trying to get through the week because one guy is snoring really loud right now. I'm not even joking, it's like bulldozer status...


...oh wait, someone just woke him up.
LOL everyone looked up because the noise stopped all of a sudden.
Well we all understand the pain, bro.


Yesterday was my last day at practice before I leave for France, and maybe the last day as a gymnast period because it's very unlikely I'll go back after I come back, the timing and all. What I felt more than anything was liberation. 4+ hours five days a week was tough but I saw sides of Japan - both positive and negative - that I would never have seen if I hadn't joined. I feel competent to be both Japanese or American in an international setting, not just a Japanese-American if you get what I mean. If you guys didn't know already, sports are where the Japanese culture is most apparent because of the apparent strict senpai-kohai structure and vivid societal rules. I was going back from a a 7 year gap so contrary to what people think about me going back for the competitions, I was actually going back to really get a sense of the Japanese culture that I never fully experienced in the States. I didn't see a point of me choosing a Japanese university of an American one if i didn't accomplish that. I just chose gymnastics because I had experience and because I really loved it. Anyways, I felt that I had absorbed all that I could and I really felt like it was time to move on to something else. Thank goodness "study abroad" rolled around at just the right time. I can also finally feel closure from gymnastics; when I quit when I was 12, my reasons were immature like "I'm scared" or "I don't wanna go to practice anymore." I guess I never really got over myself for quitting in the middle of something just because things got tough. I'm so glad I went back to the sport and was able to quit after feeling like I actually accomplished something from the sport, even if that achievement was not necessarily about the sport itself. And the girls were amazing. I could not have done this without the girls.


Still not quite over my love for the Suika Bar but I'm recently really into the Coconut Ice Bar.
It's like a concoction of all the goodness of coconut milk frozen into one amazing ice cream bar.
I love it.


Talk soon!

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