What I Learned In Japan


You know, I actually learned some really important things in Japan. I learned that Andrea and I work pretty well together as a team (if we can both lower our Taurus Bull Horns for a sec). I also learned that you can't just skip the first and hop on the second leg of your connecting flights. Oh, and that if you plan on flying domestically while you're in another country...you should really just buy the tickets while you're still in America.

But, the overall impending lesson that I came home with after being in Japan for two weeks was this: there are signs leading you the wrong way, and signs leading you the right way. Even if you can't understand the signs, instinctually you will know which ones to follow.

Does that make any sense? Let me explain.

You know how sometimes you are just waiting for A SIGN? First of all... they are there. There are ALWAYS signs, trust me. The first step is being open to seeing them, and being okay with not completely understanding them.

When we stepped off the airplane from Chicago and into the Tokyo Narita International Airport (we had to catch our final flight from there to Okinawa, Japan) it was like stepping onto Mars. And I'm not exaggerating that much! It truly was like a whole different planet. You know, it's one thing to be in let's say Europe, where AT LEAST you're looking at the same characters as the English language. In Japan.. yeah no. That was the hardest concept for me. Our experience in that airport was one of the hardest moment we went through on our trip: it was overwhelming and scary to not even have a CLUE as to where we should be going. 

Sound familiar? Especially today with technology, the internet and SO MANY OPTIONS for EVERYTHING, it's common not to know where you're going or what you're supposed to be doing next...and it's SCARY!

That first experience was tough. There were signs everywhere pointing us in all different directions but we were so overwhelmed and really had no clue which direction was the RIGHT one, it took us way too long to finally end up in the right place. Can you guess the two main things that finally got us where we needed to be?

  1. A little help and guidance
  2. Trusting our gut instincts

These two things were the ONLY way we successfully made it through a situation where we truly could NOT understand the signs on our own. We opened up to being vulnerable and accepted help from people around us (and Google Translate) and we decided to TRUST the feelings. You have no idea how powerful your human instincts are until you have to USE them for something important.

So the moral of the story? Even when you have no idea which way to go and it feels like there ARE NO SIGNS...there are. Don't get mad if you don't understand exactly.

Trust Your SELF
Accept Help and Guidance

Here are some pics of the best moments :)

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Danielle Cosgrove