Summary: Listen to Albo and Nate discuss how in Japan your life is an adventure. It’s like a heroic RPG and your journey is analogous to Joseph Campbell’s MonoMyth.
Your Life Is An Adventure
In this episode, I (Albo) am joined by my good friend Nate, a fellow Gunma JET Programme participant from California.
While going for a stroll on a surprisingly long walking trail around a cherry blossom encircled lake, we decided to record a podcast.
So essentially, this may be the first ever walk-and-talk Walkcast ever done.
In the podcast, we wax philosophical about how in Japan, your life is an adventure.
It’s basically like being the hero of your own RPG (role playing game).
We also discuss the analogs between your personal journey and Joseph Campbell’s MonoMyth.
After listening, we hope you’ll be inspired to be the hero of your own life, to grab challenges by the horns and make the most out of your adventure in Japan.
What You Will Learn:
In this episode, Nate and I mainly focus on the parallels between your life in Japan and Joseph Campbell’s idea of the monomyth.
In a monomyth, the hero begins in the ordinary world, and receives a call to enter an unknown world of strange powers and events. The hero who accepts the call to enter this strange world must face tasks and trials, either alone or with assistance. In the most intense versions of the narrative, the hero must survive a severe challenge, often with help. If the hero survives, he may achieve a great gift or “boon.” The hero must then decide whether to return to the ordinary world with this boon. If the hero does decide to return, he or she often faces challenges on the return journey. If the hero returns successfully, the boon or gift may be used to improve the world.
The stages of the monomyth Hero’s Journey are summarized in this handy infographic:
Whether you come to Japan as a JET Programme participant, on an exchange program, a working holiday visa, or through any other avenue, you’ll inevitably face many of the trials that are universal to packing up and moving to another country.
Yet I’ve noticed that too many people, after the initial high of moving to Japan wears of, become more and more jaded.
They let the little difficulties and challenges of daily life in Japan get to them.
Overtime, that cynicism increases, perpetuating a vicious cycle of apathy.
“X thing about Japan sucks! I can’t change anything about X, so why even bother trying.” These people then turn to the internet where they spend their days trolling forums about how life in Japan sucks.
If you are just now coming to Japan, promise yourself to never become one of those people.
How can you avoid the cynicism and bitterness of the jaded ex-pat?
Well the first step is to recognize that you are in fact, doing something pretty cool by deciding to move halfway across the world to come live in Japan.
Listen to the podcast and find out how deciding to live in japan is a decision to begin an adventure that could completely change the purpose and course of your life.
Don’t be a secondary character in your own adventure.
Be the Hero of your own life.
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