So last week all of us had to prepare a rough draft of a speech that we are to give in the middle of September. We had to have to give a small self introduction and explain why we were in Japan. Why am I in Japan? I can answer this at a basic level – to study Japanese – but if you throw a few more whys my way, I will have no answer. This really got me thinking about some things. Not in a “why did I come here?” kind of way, but more of a “why do I think this will help me?” kind of way. And then, I asked myself, “how will this help me reach my dream?”, and at last, “what is my dream?” You could say I asked myself too many questions, but I didn’t say them out loud so no worries.
So I came up with the fact that I’m learning Japanese because I want to, and then hoping that it will help me in the future. There is nothing wrong with that…after all, it’s good to do things you want to do. I just want to end up with a job that I enjoy doing. You can learn from many different countries and cultures, and that is what I want to continue doing.
I think our dependency on technology will only increase in the future (good or bad?). We need to find a more efficient way to travel. We need to change our way of living to better suit the Earth. These issues are important to everyone, and are considered problems. I want to be a part of the solution. I don’t want to follow in anyones footsteps, because there are no footsteps where we haven’t been. As many of my friends know that I think about these things a lot, and I’m constantly monitoring these things. I think that someday because I’ve followed my passions and worked hard, I’ll be able to make a difference doing something I enjoy. That is my ultimate goal.
Besides my introduction, that is my speech that I will be giving about my goals and why I study Japanese. I just wanted to “tell” someone else because I wanted to say it in English, and because I always like to say what is on my mind.