As I was working and studying, I had this video streaming in the background, and Oprah couldn't have described my sentiments more accurately:
I left Tokyo two years ago with solid goals and promises in mind, and I recently realized I have done exactly what I set out to do and then some. I wanted to update you on the adventure:
- I have returned to University to pursue a calling and dream of mine and I will be completing my first course next week. I have been accepted into the Social Work program at Ryerson University in Toronto, and my first summer course ends next week.
- I am currently working with the Detroit Institute of Arts on behalf of The Japan Business Association of Detroit on a new venture to promote and increase exposure of Japanese contemporary artists in the North American/International art arena. We've recently sent out a call to contemporary artists, and of the proposals submitted, the DIA/JBAD executive committee will be jurying and accepting a Japanese contemporary artist and their work to be exhibited at the Detroit Institute of Arts along with the launch of their new permanent Japan Gallery installation. I am working remotely, often taking business trips across the border.
- There are many opportunities to work with arts organizations locally and internationally to help those struggling with life's challenges, and/or mental illnesses through the medium of (contemporary) art and creativity, which I have been contacted and plan to get involved.
- Quietly, but consistently gaining inspiration, structure, and momentum on a project I hold dear to my heart; the next steps in making a greater difference in the world. Watch this space, it will evolve and grow with us all. I will begin pursuing my efforts and goals in business as a student of social work. I may not be able to practice officially, yet, but I can still make a difference in other creative ways. A little peek below.
We each bring a unique value to the world and other people's lives. The fact that we are, MATTERS. Be with your "authentic power", the rest (power, money, looks) passes and will fade. None of that matters except being true to yourself, and who we are BEING in the world.
I am so grateful!
-Late night studying, always a student of life.