It’s funny how at that time it felt like time itself couldn’t go fast enough. Now I wish I could stop time and enjoy it, just a little more, and explore each and every corner that is available to me. Though I remember not being as happy and grateful at first when I found out I was going to Japan because it was my third choice, I have come to love and want to pass the message to those new exchange students that although you may not get your choice, you are on a roller coaster ride, but you will enjoy it more than anything!
When Rotary explained our year would be like a roller coaster I realized by emotions it would be, but there was one thing that I didn’t expect. Time … it seems as though time has become less and less.
In January I will be with my third host family and will be getting ready to go on trips with my school, and Rotary. Time, it is one thing everyone talks about: “Time goes by so quickly.” When I read that, I couldn’t see how that was possible. Now here I am saying the same thing, knowing people are thinking the same thing I was last year. It is possible, but sometimes you need to experience it yourself.
I changed host families on Dec. 26. I’m so very lucky to have been able to spend Christmas with my current family. I will miss them dearly. My next host family lives quite far from my school, so I will be taking the train. It will be an experience, and I will have a younger sister. I’m excited and quite nervous!
My current host family has taken their Christmas tree out from storage where it has been for five or six years, so they could put it up because I was staying with them. I decorated the Christmas tree with my host dad and my host sister when she got home from studying.