Back to Basics

I mentioned a couple days ago that I'm trying to get back to the basics, body and mind. Let's see if I can't explain that to a small extent...

As you all know, the North American lifestyle is one of excess. Everything we do, we do to an unhealthy extreme. Americans specifically eat too much, sit around too much, and don't excersize our minds enough. We all know it, but we're too lazy and contented by comforts to want to change it at all.

I could very easily continue that lifestyle while here in Japan, but since I've already taken the steps to get myself here, I don't see why I shouldn't try to bring myself back to an even keel. I have fully intended for a long time to use this time to eat well and get myself in better shape, but I'm realizing that I can also use it to bring my mind back to a better place. I don't have TV. I don't have a constant internet connection. I don't have the normal things I use to kill time.

I had thought about using this time to get myself back on track with writing too, but I couldn't really assess that until I got here and saw what life could be like. I need to find an English bookstore (hence my upcoming wander too Umeda when I'm done writing this.) I need to learn to leave my mp3 player at home too. I want to get into a groove of wandering with nothing but a book, a notebook, a pen, and my eyes open. There is a lot to see and do here. This is a whole new way of life to observe and learn from. I don't know how much I can change after 25 years of the American lifestyle being engrained in me, but if I can take on even a little bit of the Japanese work ethic, I think this trip will have been a success.

I think that's about all I'm going to write for now. We'll see how things go, and I'll be keeping this space alive. I'm never sure how many people actually read what I write here. I know that I'm not the best at commenting on other journals, and that directly effects the feedback I get. But I like the possibility, at least.