After watching the Malala video last night, I felt a strong desire to do something for the world. She’s a great inspiration. If you haven’t read that blog post yet, I strongly encourage you to do so now.
There are so many things we can do to improve the world. Even little things can make a difference when it’s all added up. I see it around me in Japan, such as entire communities getting together to clean up the streets (saw this yesterday). But there are so many more things that can be done.
At the moment, I’m unable to do much in Japan in the way of influencing policy or society. I’m “just a guest” in this country, even though I’ve spent a quarter of my life here. My opinion is not worth much at all, although this is my daughter’s home country. What I can do is quite local. I can reduce garbage, use less electricity and gas, and through my job, help many people improve their ability to speak English and give them a more global perspective on things. You see, most people in Japan don’t know much about the world, and as such are prone to believe stereotypes. There’s also an attitude of uniqueness here that people have, which I would like to break. The longer I live here, the more I notice that people are just the same as anywhere else. I want to show people that every place is unique in a way, but this does not mean they are the superior culture.
We’ll be moving to Canada in 2016. That’s where I can make a bigger difference. I want to get involved in the community, attend the occasional town hall meeting where public opinion is asked for, and even getting politically involved. I will vote, definitely. I also want to get involved in my children’s education, and help them realise that they too can work to improve the world around them.
I also want to do my share of helping online. Through my blogs, I want to help educate people, give them another perspective on things, and encourage an interest in science and the world. I also want to use my writing to make people think and also to entertain them. Reading is a great way to relax and help the mind grow.