On Friday I was coming home from work, and for some reason I was pretty tired. The week felt pretty long already. To things off, Interac scheduled a training for tomorrow (yes, a Saturday) from 10:00 to 4:00pm (ouch!). Earlier that day I had already had a couple of close calls and I just wanted to go home and sleep before having to wake up and do it again tomorrow. I exited the ticket gate at Tsukuba Station and as I was walking, a Japanese woman, I’d say in her early to mid-thirties looks over at me, wide-eyed, and say “OH! I know you!” I couldn’t place her face. I was trying to quickly come up with a name or at least a way to greet her without saying her name. But she didn’t look familiar to me at all. I was thinking…was she a student that I taught? Do I know a friend of her’s? Did I do something wrong (LOL)? It turns out I was wrong on all counts. The woman’s name was Emi and she told me that she reads my blog and watches my YouTube Channel. She told me that I was like a celebrity to her. I can’t lie, it felt pretty cool. But I was telling her, that I just a regular guy who likes writing and making videos, that I’m still learning as I go. We talked for about five minutes in the center of Tsukuba Station. I was really happy to meet her and happy to hear that she enjoys what I write and what I do. It kind of felt like confirmation for me. It felt like after so many screw ups (check out my What’s My Story page) I’m finally getting something right.
To Emi, and to all those readers that come everyday…even the ones that don’t. To the ones that read in passing, the ones that read regularly but don’t necessarily make comments, to the ones that come by to share their thoughts sporadically, to the ones that share their thoughts on a regular basis, to the ones that tell other people about the website, to the ones that share, Digg, and Facebook videos…to every single one of you. I want you to know that I really and truly appreciate you.
Feeling pretty inspired,