Insights: May 2015
“Your influences are all worth sharing because they clue people in to who you are and what you do—sometimes even more than your own work.” – Austin Kleon
Eight years ago, I faced a choice: stay in Canada or move to Japan. Which would you have chosen, the safety and comfort of home or the unknown and uncertainty of a foreign land? The repercussions of which will reverberate within you for years to come.
The knowledge and experiences of living (i.e., not a tourist) in a new culture with differing ways of life, a foreign language, traditions so much unlike your own can alter you. Would you welcome the chance to question yourself and your world-view?
Are you ready to embrace and immerse yourself in a new land? Learn to see through the eyes of its people, not just the everyday life, but socially, politically, artistically? You may not always accept or understand what you experience, but it’ll help to inform you. It will forever change how you see the world.
Given the choice I had eight years ago, I’m thankful for my decision: I would not be who I am today.