Sparks and Speed

Tip: If you decide to plan a long-term trip to a place far away, start early. Probably like twice whatever you think you’ll need.

My time dwindles to less and less and I’m scrambling to get everything done that I want to before I go. Japan draws me like a magnet, and sparks fly as I blaze by all the places I’ve grown up around, tying knots where they’re needed, saying goodbyes, saying thank yous, telling clothes to stop riding the laundry basket up to the washing machine so I can pack them, commanding the wallet to stop making transactions, consulting your to-do lists and not-to-do lists; it’s like forcing one of those coal-powered trains to stop, wheels screaming out flame-colored sparks down the tracks.

It’s a different kind of busy than I’m used to, though. Usually, in school, there are deadlines to meet and papers to write, but there’s a routine—you know what to expect. This kind of busy has an urgency to it. It’s more real. And it’s tempered with an underlying anticipation and excitement. But it’s still busy.

With now only five days left, I rush to finish my last minute preparations as Japan draws near with speed and finality.

Finality. Though in this case it can often be seen as stressful, in a way it’s refreshing. It’s final. Absolute. As in, it’s really gonna happen this time.

It’s really gonna happen. Five days.


About Stephen Gabriel Falke

Stephen Gabriel Falke is passionate about loving Jesus and loving Japanese! He grew up in Virginia, America, and first visited Japan in 2007. He then studied abroad at Sophia University in Tokyo for a year in 2012. He also participated in the JET Program as an ALT from 2015-2017. He currently works as an English teacher at Hirosaki Gakuin Seiai Secondary School in Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan.
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1 Response to Sparks and Speed

  1. Karissa Cruz says:

    I’m SO excited for you! And I know how that urgency goes. Get done what you can, but you will never get it ALL done. Once you’re in Japan, there’s always one more think you remembered that you had wanted to do. Take a deep breath and notice the beauty in your situation. Everything seems to be tinged in a sort of glow (at least for me), because I want to remember what I’m leaving in the best way possible. And then my heart holds its breath until I’m there, and can take my first breath of air on Asian soil.

    You’ll close your eyes…and wake up in Japan!

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