I don’t have a whole lot to write today, but I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to some of the best students I’ve ever had the pleasure of teaching and to the best teaching staff I’ve ever worked with. I can’t believe I’ve worked and taught with you for more than three years. When I came to Japan, I was bankrupt, friendless, and frustrated. I didn’t know where I was going or what I was going to do next. I had these lofty dreams in my head (coming to Japan was one of them) but no real belief that I could achieve them. I’ve talked with the staff and students about my fondest wishes and hopes and you never, ever, stepped on them or told me I couldn’t do it. It was always 「がんばって」 or “I respect you” or “you can do it.” I don’t know if some of you understand how much your words really meant to me. Even if your words were, simple, short, and sweet, they were words of encouragement. Hearing these words over and over again and seeing how much you trust and believe in me has changed my whole perspective. I am a completely different person than I was three years ago, when I first arrived. I honestly think I’ve changed for the better. For that, I will always be grateful to all of you.
Although I probably don’t have enough bandwidth to put all of the pictures, thoughts, and words that I feel for all of you…here are some of the great memories I’ve had at AEON: