|One image from 2011. The superhero who didn't save|
Japan from the March disasters.
From memory we/I'd planned to
- go camping – yes, did that three times and it went brilliantly.
- have visitors from Australia – yep, they came. It was a frantic time that I found more stressful than I thought I would, but overall it went well. I learnt a lot about myself and our family.
- continue editing Japan Harvest. Yes, did that, but much more than I thought. Especially with the Disaster edition in May. Taking on almost total responsibility for that edition from scratch was very challenging and twelve months ago I couldn't have believed I would do that in 2011.
Here's the list I posted on January 1st this year:
The "more" included a massive earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster just over 100km from us. This brought the unexpected decisions of whether or not to evacuate from Tokyo or even Japan. Dealing with a serious lack of goods in shops, a lack of railway services, and a shortage of car, heater fuel, and the threat of rotating power blackouts (which didn't end up happening in our corner of Tokyo).
It also included watching natural disasters in our home state in January. Flooding of huge proportions, a flash flood in my inland hometown, a cyclone further north. This was much more emotionally difficult that I could have anticipated.
January took a bit of recovering from emotionally, actually, with the natural disasters and other personal events that I don't wish to dwell on here. Here's one post from January that I'd forgotten, but want to remember. Amidst the busy-ness of 2011, I've had an underlying emotional pain, the pain of feeling like a failure in one particular relationship, of being accused and disliked, of feeling incredibly frustrated. And being unable to change the situation. The only thing I can do is change how I think about the situation and not forget that I am loved by the One who will never turn His back on me.
On a lighter note, January also held my first ever solo crossing of Tokyo! In fact 2011 was a watershed year for me personally getting around Tokyo on public transport. In October I caught public transport back from south of Mt Fuji — all by myself. Amazing. The editorial staff of Japan Harvest also held our first Writer's Retreat/Workshop. It went well and our next one is planned for April.
Well, that is enough for one year, I'd reckon. I wonder if 2012 will be less eventful? I hope so. Tomorrow I'll write a list here of what I think might happen for us in 2012. Bury it for 12 months on the internet and dig it our again this time next year. I have at least one friend who admits to not being very reflective or introspective. I guess that is something I could be accused of, actually I quite enjoy it.