I can safely say that the past 6 months have been the busiest time of my entire life on this planet. More busy than the three days and nights that it took to finish my dissertation when I graduated from University. More busy than my first big move when I started at University in my hometown. More busy than when I moved to China. More busy than when I moved from China to Japan with only two suitcases to hold every possession I had. Busier than anything else I have ever done, and it’s still going on. I’m beginning to think that this isn’t a busy “period” but what the rest of my life may actually be like. To be honest it has been very tiring but it has also been a lot of fun. Every day seems to bring a new challenge and life is never boring.
I am still getting used to using Japanese every day at work. It can be difficult and stressful sometimes but it is great practice for me and I feel like I learn at least 3 to 4 new words every day through everyday events. I feel like this is the type of job I have really been looking for in my life, something that gives me a variety of challenges and teaches me something every day. The ICC staff members have been very good to me, and I feel like I’m slowly becoming part of the team here. I don’t want to let my colleagues down and I do feel pressure from that, however it is not a bad kind of pressure but a kind that gives me motivation, that makes me want to come to work because I feel like what I do matters.
Personal fulfilment is something that we are all searching for. We find it in different ways and at different times, but one thing that makes it even better is sharing it with others. Working together and living together I think brings human beings closer to understanding one another. This is one reason why I enjoy working at the ICC, because it is a place that brings people together, whatever their nationality, under this roof they are one. By celebrating and sharing their differences and experiences, people are brought closer together. Seeing the younger people smiling and talking together, working hard together on things, reading and broadening their minds. It brings me great hope for the future, and it makes me passionate about helping them achieve their goals.
C. W. (ICC staff)