Choosing a single memorable experience from the plethora of possibilities is quite the challenge.
This year has brought unforgettable moments, such as our family vacation to Hawaii. The sapphire blue skies, the warm Pacific waters, and the spirit of Aloha that welcomed us remain vivid in my memory.
Another recent highlight was returning to Japan for the New Year, after a long hiatus of 15 years. The nostalgia that washed over me as I celebrated the turn of the year with family, reacquainted myself with traditional Japanese New Year customs, and reunited with childhood friends was immensely gratifying.
Equally memorable, though from further back, was my solo journey around the world. Armed with nothing more than a backpack and a sense of adventure, I visited 50 countries over two years. Each destination unfolded a new chapter of discovery, understanding, and self-growth that I hold dear.
Just recently, I took a 5-hour trek with a friend, our camping gear on our backs, up a mountain. The sense of achievement and the peace that the untouched wilderness offered were truly profound experiences.
I am immensely grateful for a life that allows me to experience these journeys. The freedom to do what I want is not something to take for granted. Whether financially or health-wise, I appreciate that my circumstances have enabled these pursuits.
Knowing that you, dear readers, take time to engage with my experiences through this blog is a constant source of motivation and the driving force behind my continuation. Thank you for reading and joining me on these journeys.