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Journal for 2006-4-3 Mon..
Weather: Sunny Plan: Akagi JHS

We were introduced to the four new teachers at the junior high school today. They all seem like good people. Two of them are in the 7th graders group, near my desk. The math teacher that sits next to me is 23 years old. I was studying at Kansai Gaidai in Osaka when I was 23, six years ago. And now I am at a dead-end job, with a useless degree, and struggling to find a purpose in life. I think it is wonderful to be 23 and have a plan for one's life.

天気: 晴 行事: 赤来中


Today's Kanji
Meaning (意味): eternal

Chinese Reading (音読み):
Reading Romaji
Japanese Reading (訓読み):
Reading Romaji
Vocabulary (単語):
Word Reading Romaji Translation
永住えいじゅうeijuupermanent residence

Trevor Lalish-Menagh
  • (Anonymous)
    Hello! You were studying at Kansai Gaidai!? Now, I'm studying at the same university. Did you have a good time at there?
    And, you'll work in Japan as a teacher?
    • I loved my time at KGU! It was a great experience. Is one of your Japanese teachers Etsuko Sisley? She was my first Japanese teacher at Washington State University.

      I currently work as an English teacher in rural Shimane, Japan, north of Hiroshima. Although my contract ends in July, so I will have to find another job, either here in Shimane or in Hiroshima.
  • And now I am at a dead-end job, with a useless degree, and struggling to find a purpose in life.

    I hear that. *sigh*
    In talking to random acquaintances, I'm starting to describe my future move as a preference for a life filled with new shitty stuff, rather than my current life filled with old shitty stuff. Though I definitely see some aspects of the change as inherently positive (they're basically educational motifs, and I was highly indoctrinated to believe that education is pretty much always worth it).

    I think the difference between us and the original Generation-X is... I dunno... Nothing? Or maybe we refuse to move home because of the scorn heaped on Gen-Xers? Our dead-end jobs pay better? We don't deify scorn? The people who managed to get rich in our equivalent of the 80's robber-barony were people like us, rather than incomprehensible yuppie swine?
    • I think the change will do you good. The first couple years are amazing. I have a feeling that I am just Mr. ADD. A couple years at something and I start wanting something new, that is one of the reasons I am gunning for the Foreign Service, a new job around the world every 2-3 years.

      I have this definite fear of moving back home. It feels like failure to me, even though I know that is absurd.
    • you're still young, my friend. everytime i start going, "oh god I'm 24 and what the hell have I accomplished..." i think about my parents or some other people i know. maybe it's our generation, but we feel so much pressure to become this huge success when we're so young...

      but i say this now, when two weeks from now i'll probably be saying the exact same thing as you. -_-;
      • I can't believe we are five years apart. It is so little time, but five years ago I was doing something completely different. I always hoped I would be a huge success, but you need more than hope for that.
        • I have this filthy rich uncle and everytime I feel kind of down about how I'm going nowhere in life (which is a silly thing for anyone our age to be thinking) I remember what he told me once, "I didn't make my first million until I was 60, before then I was just selling shoes."

          I mean, your idea of success might not be being a millionaire--but we've still got time before we're judged as failures. ;)
    • You and me both with the ADD thing. My jobs seemed to be at polar opposites for a while. I fear that my degree may end up pretty useless unless I make it a BFA then MFA. Seems like there are a LOT of people gunning for GD right now and crashing rapidly to saturation. Time will tell, but I'm enjoying it so far.

      Moving back home is always a blow to the esteem...no matter how much it makes sense in the logical scheme of thins at the time. It just plain sucks, but it happens. I'm not sure if it a gen-x scorn thing, but there is that dark cloud overhead that so many people made so much money around the early college days of our lives...and many of us didn't.

      Ahh...23. pivotal time there. I've found myself dwelling on my age more and more often. I was wondering what would be different if I made any number of different changes. Always a fun fantasy, but we all have to face reality. Ramble ramble ramble. I sincerely hope that the Foreign Service brings you the happiness you are looking for. Let us all know! Good luck on the test!!
    • I think our whole generation is having the problem. Part of the reason I haven't quit my current job, is a paralyzing fear in the back of my mind saying "you'll end up broke and living at home again, with an even worse job".

      However, the fear of ending up like the majority of developers here, who are in their mid-40s and coasting along, is gaining ground on it. :(
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