I know not many people follow politics because well “it doesn’t affect you, has nothing to do with you, or you simply can’t do a thing about it,” but… as a student of politics, I would like to humbly remind you that politics very much does affect you…. It affects what you can do, what you can’t, how you can provide for yourself and your family, and how you can’t. Alone, can you really tear down the system? Reinvent the wheel? No… But just like Ghandi, King, Guevara, etc. we find that power does not come from one’s acts, but the small unified support of many. Maybe things won’t directly affect your life, but it will surely affect the lives of people you know. And I know… that you know… that you’re just not that selfish.
Eventually, something’s gotta give. I find it impossible to just allow yourself to become a miserable soul. I feel like everyone needs something “else” to focus on, besides the daily grind… and within this you can find happiness. Remove it completely so that it has no bearing on your daily life and vice-versa. If you don’t have time, try to structure it so; but you will eventually, and when you do, don’t give into your lack of motivation. Do something with it; something, anything, that makes you happy.
Tsukiji: The World’s Largest Fish Market
A tourist hotspot that is certainly not meant for tourists. The Japanese fishermen here hate you and will try to run you over with their forklifts if you’re not watching out for them, beware. I had to move quickly and shakily to keep from hovering in one spot for too long then have a guy yell at me for taking a picture of his product. Notice the various blue-fin tunas which sell for over $100,000 a piece.
An average of 3,000 people cross this intersection every time the light goes green. This video is just of a boring Monday evening… imagine Friday and Saturday.
Life, what a funny concept. How anyone could get sick of it, I’ll never know. Nothing could be more exciting, you know?
Challenges, learning, experiencing, it’s all part of this incredible cycle of events you deal with and adapt to throughout your time on this earth… I’ve been hearing a lot of depressing talk from people lately, maybe it’s the weather, the death of everything natural from autumn to winter. I just feel like when things get bad… people tend to forget that spring is always right around the corner.
Anyway, life has been very good to me lately, the whole of 2010 has been a lot of proving to myself the possibilities when you push a little bit for something you want. Within 2010; I’ve spent 6 months essentially globe-trotting. The things I’ve learned haven’t quite hit me yet… I think they’ll become more apparent when I get back to Philadelphia in less than 3 weeks. But hell; I’ve learned the addiction I’ve created. I’m already planning my future trips.
However, more than anything, it has humbled me tremendously. You learn to appreciate the differences within the world, and especially the beauty of your own home that you took for granted in past years. Truly, I’m proud to be an American. Though, I think America has many misunderstandings about its’ strengths and weaknesses. Our country’s biggest strength is in its’ diversity, the fact that on a street corner in New York or LA you can come in contact with at least 5 different languages, religions, and races. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the major sources that causes us to tear ourselves apart. Though, it’s getting better.
Anyway, I’m rambling. For now, I’m home in 2.5 weeks. I’ll be looking for an apartment, a job, and a new band. If you’ve got the info, I’ve got the time to listen. Till next time.