Monthly Archives: January 2012
Hello to those who have followed this endeavour of mine! I want to take the time to appreciate you for stopping in to see what I’ve been up to and what adventures I’ve pursued. Thank you for making this blog – which I began with a lot of hesitation and uncertainty – something of a success. I appreciate each of you, each of your comments, and each of your suggestions. Thank you for the encouragement and the interest!
I wanted to share with you, perhaps very prematurely, the news that I am hoping to set off on another journey. The volunteer organisation I joined in Japan is beginning work in the Philippines in a few weeks. I’ve submitted my application and am waiting to hear back from them. There is no certainty that my application will be among those accepted, and I have no funds right now that I can use to get there. Fundraising this time will be necessary; without it I won’t be able to go. Fundraising intimidates me. I feel awkward and uncomfortable asking people to donate money for something they won’t be able to experience for themselves. That is an obstacle I’m staring at on the horizon with some trepidation.
Also, the Philippines are not like Japan. Japan’s social and political structure are far more stable. The Philippines will be challenging in many new ways. I’ve been reading some background and history on the country, the area, and the disasters they’ve recently experienced. I’m thinking that I’ll post another blog here in the near future detailing some of what I’ve learnt. Even if I am unable to join up in the relief efforts this time, it’s never a bad thing to know what people around the world are experiencing. I can help shine a little light on this small corner of the world, and I think it’s time and effort well spent.
Stay tuned. I’m pulling out the backpack.