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What I learned in Japan is quite different. I learned that although a meaningful life does come from fulfilling a purpose, it is not our responsibility to create or find that purpose. It is something that is not created, but something that unfolds. In other words, meaning in life is not something that must be found, but life is inherently meaningful. Living as the only English speaker in a foreign country presents a wealth of challenges throughout everyday life. For example, grocery shopping. These everyday difficulties made me painfully aware of the fact that I am not humanly perfect.

Not only was I a messy goofball, but almost everyone I asked for help was also incurably imperfect. The only thing left to do was a laugh and try our best. This was really annoying to get used to. Even if I had no function in an activity, it was still valuable for me to be present at it. It seemed like a great waste of time from my Western perspective, but to the Japanese, my simple presence was the value. Over the year, I became used to it, and can actually see where they are coming from now.

The Japanese language is wholly based on understanding the context of the conversation. So in order to be a part of the conversation, you need to be a part of the context.

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It gave me the context and meant that I could be a part of the conversation, part of the community. I now understand the importance of my presence, and hope to carry this understanding with me through the different stages of life. I understand that I am present because it allows me to be part of the community. Additionally, my presence may mean the world to those I am watching.

Presence is powerful. Perhaps my greatest lesson from a year of solitude in Japan was the development of my sense of self. I was regularly alone for a year. This solitude gave me a chance to know and understand myself in a way I had never before recognized.


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