Saturday, April 16, 2011

It's Never Too Late to Make a New Start

Black mushroom spaghetti, Japanese style

"It's never too late to make a new start."
That's what I have been telling myself over and over for the past couple of weeks.
And it must be what many -- so many -- people in Japan want to believe in now.

It's been more than a month since that terrible earthquake hit north-eastern part of Japan. On April 11th, at our workplace, we observed one minute of silence to pray for the victims. I guess most people did the same throughout Japan on that day.

Like I wrote before, the quake, tsunami and the nuclear power plant accident did not cause damage directly to our region. But we all have been affected in some way or another, I would say. And I have to admit that, in my case, it must have triggered some unfinished issues from my experience of Kobe Earthquake in 1995. After that earthquake, things looked really hard around me, including my work, family and everything -- and in late March, I told my boss that I wanted to quit my job. But after all, I decided to stay, and I'm still working the same job with a couple of newcomers.

On the other hand, at home, dad decided that he was too weak that he had to move to a room that is closer to the restroom, so he told me to swap rooms with him. Well, he has been healthy enough to visit several hospitals, looking for a doctor who says there is something wrong with him. And he is also healthy enough to move some furniture while moving his stuff into my room -- no, my ex room and his new room. But according to him, he can hardly walk and needs to buy a new bed. Anyway, moving into a new room did make me feel good to some extent, except that dad's closet smells like naphthalene moss balls. :(

I'm going to have to face soooooooo many challenges. Hope I don't have to face them all alone.

The photo above shows the spaghetti I had for lunch today. It was OK. The important thing is that I didn't feel like shooting a food photo when I was going through a hard time, but today I felt like it.
One step forward. ;)

BTW, thank you so much for your kind comments to my previous blog. Sorry I only responded to about half of them, but I truly appreciated all of them. Honestly.



Anonymous said...

GREAT to hear from you dear.

I,ve been checking on you almost daily and were very concerned about your well being.Gsssh thats a big relief to know you are alright.
Everything will fall in place dear.
Be strong.

Love malaysiaelayne

K and S said...

I'm glad you decided to stay at your job! Take care!

Nouvelle Personne said...

I'm glad to know that you are doing well. I've been really heartbroken with all the things that have been going on in Japan.

You are a very kind person, always doing things for others first. Maybe it's the Japanese way, isn't it?

People around the world are amazed at how calmly and orderly Japanese people have been coping with all the situation.

Good luck.
take care

Anonymous said...

So good to hear from you again. The months ahead may be very challenging for you and your country, but please know that you have many people supporting you across the ocean with thoughts and prayers.
As hard as it may be, staying in your routine as much as possible is a good idea. Best wishes to you and your family and hang in there!

obachan said...

Thank you so much. It really feels good to know that someone cares so much about me that she visits my blog daily.
I'm alright. And I'll keep on going. :)

K and S;
Thanks. I'm still not sure if that was a right decision or not, but ... Oh well, now what's left for me is to take responsibility for that and do my best. And enjoy life
as much as I can.

Nouvelle Personne;
I really appreciate your kind comment. What you said about Japanese people is probably correct. (But personally I don't think it's always good or healthy to do things for others first.)

Thank you. I often forget how much support I have and indulge in the habit of self-pitying, but communicating with people through this blog really helps me.

Tindy said...


It's not much, but your internet friends here will support you!


Bücherlindwurm said...

Hi Obachan

This is my first time commenting on your blog, but I checked often as well - at least since the earthquake. I am very happy to hear you are well.

Always enjoyed your blog a lot! Thank you, Ena

obachan said...

Hi! What are you up to now?

It IS a HUGE support that you internet friends are giving me. I don't know how I can survive without it.

Hi Ena,
Thank you for leaving a comment. I am OK, and I will keep going.


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