by Veronica Louis
Three years ago I left Japan with a heavy heart. I had always told myself that I would return before my visa as a Human Specialist ran out. My re-entry visa expired this February 2014. I wonder if I would have still left Kyoto, if I had known back then that the next time I would once again board a plane would be in three years.
All this to say that, when I returned to Montreal, life happened. Life tends to do that. Finding an apartment, establishing a career as a freelancer, falling in and out of love… All of that “life” stuff happened in the blink of three years.
Now, at 31, I feel like I’ve lived a lifetime between leaving Japan and this present moment. But since change is the only constant in life, I embrace it and welcome it. Tomorrow, I will board a plane bound for Europe where I will have the opportunity to work on an exciting web project while visiting old friends in France, Switzerland and Germany. And for those readers who faithfully followed my solo adventure through India, you will be glad to hear that I will finally be reunited with a couple members of my Hampi family, Eun Sun and Stephen, who live happily together in Berlin. The mere thought of the reunion makes me happy.
Some say that I’m lucky to have this opportunity, to go abroad to work and travel. And while my life circumstances are favorable to these opportunities, it definitely is not luck. We only live once. If we don’t take advantage of these once-in-a-life-time opportunities, then when will we? If anything, it’s our duty to seize every day and live the heck out of it.
Hillel: “If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, then what am I? And if not now, when?”