This post is dedicated to the people that gave me life lessons on my last night in Japan.
1. Mario, Osaka. One hell of a funny guy, when I met him he was already half drunk, eager to talk to foreigners like me. He isn't fluent in English, but still tried his best to talk to me. He's been through quite a bit in his life. I didn't expect our conversation to last given the fact that I also can't speak in Japanese. But in between the pauses and abnormal sentences that we both tried constructing to get our points across, were lots of fun and laughter. Mario's humility, imo, is the epitome of Japanese culture.
2. Fibby, Hong Kong. Another beautiful lady that has the same travel philosophy as me. Going through a lot in her life right now, but still living her dream. From politics to culture and to life, there's always something to talk about. Through her words I sense passion; passion for a meaningful life. I yearn to be this passionate.
3. Oscar, Colombia. A YouTuber, a teacher, a bar owner, a father, and a dreamer. I had the longest conversation with my Airbnb host, who left me outside for 30mins under the cold weather and then told me the secret to where he hid his bar keys, doesn't give a fuck about his bar. This man taught me that a real man cry for a purpose. He traveled extensively when he was my age. From the touching experiences he had in India to the crazy life he led in Thailand, he illustrated how traveling can be a life changing experience, for better or for worse, just like he always say "take risk", "don't stay comfortable". These are the words coming out from a man who discovered his goals in life through traveling, through meeting people around the world.
Guesthouse wasn't his initial plan, he was greedy, horny and always unsatisfied, until the India trip that changed him.
It seems like I can relate to the things they tell me, but at the same time learn from them
Life is unpredictable, we don't always get what we want, but I hope the things we get are the things we really need, and I really needed these lessons from these people.
May our paths cross again
#shinsekai is truly a place for takoyaki and oden lover, there's something really old school in this area that I really like, for example the old school arcade machines and those standing oden bars #新世界#大阪#osaka