Today is the exact halfway point through my seven month gap year trip to Japan.
During the last three months and two weeks I have had so many new experiences and felt so many different emotions.
I have had made more progress with my Japanese in this time than I have in the last five years.
I have developed more confidence than I've ever had before, in speaking with new people, sometimes in a foreign language, and just within myself.
I've met some amazing people, and made friends that I intend to keep for life.
I've had a birthday! Turning 19 in Tokyo, seeing my family and friends, was something I could never have imagined, and yet it happened!
Time has twisted itself into the strangest of forms. It's sped up to a sprint and slowed down to a crawl at different points. One thing I guess is that, when I come to look back at my trip to Japan, it will have gone by in a flash. I'll wonder where all that time went, and how I managed to fit so many things into a couple of seconds.
But the biggest thing about the last few months has been the changes I've noticed in myself. For one thing, the sudden switch from introvert to extrovert was startling, and the boost in confidence, seemingly from nowhere, was a shock! I've started learning about myself, what my goals in life are, and how my mind seems to work.
I don't feel I can do the trip so far justice with words only so I won't try.
But if there's one thing that you take away from reading this blog, then let it be this:
"If you ever have an opportunity to explore a new world, a new experience, or a new emotion; take it. And don't regret it. A colourful life is only worth living if you include your favourite colour. Find it!"