Ups and Downs
That was my weekend. Up the ski lift, down the hills. On a snowboard.
Often times in Japan, your emotions and sense of self goes in this same pattern: up and down (minus the ski lift of course). Being in a culture so different from your own for an extended period of time can lead to some down times when you feel you need to be around people you are familiar with or simply you just want to be alone. This is commonly known as culture shock. On the otherhand, you get the benefits of being submerged in something so new, fresh, intriguing and fascinating and different from your own culture that its all worth it. Since coming to Japan I have felt at ease here, have experienced some downs, but the ups are so wonderful and motivating that I keep smiling and know that Japan is a special place. Usually the swings between the two states of mind of culture shock can range from 1 week to 1 month or more, but this past weekend the ups and downs were as frequent as I could get to the ski lift, and snowboard down the mountain.
1. At a tokyo bus station. Everyone lining up to get their ski passes and bus tickets. Busy.
2. This is where I went. 3. Main ski lodge and lift.
Below: Random pics from the Ski weekend.
You will have “ups” and “downs” in life like everyone else, but be on the optimistic side and think of it reversely in the mind of a snowboarder. The “ups” are really the times when you just need to ride it out, be patient and enjoy the moment and views. The “downs” are when you really need to put in the work to have a fun time while you are at it. ’cause at the end of the day, you will be on flat ground and standing proud with your head up. Ups and downs.
Shout outs to Haroon F. Mirza – Happy birthday bro.