It’s a marvel in this day and age, and an example of pluralism of the time, that I can be faced with a decision about where on this globe to live. It’s a luxury, for sure, but that in itself doesn’t mean that it come without difficulty. As a parent, this is an important point for me to remember.
The educational options that my children are going to grow up with are incredibly amazing. Even now, as their ages are 4 and half years and 9 months, I’m preparing myself for the type of advice that I’m going to give them regarding education. I expect that at minimum they’ll need someone to bounce ideas off off much earlier that I needed to, and I want to make sure I’m prepared to talk to them about their possible courses of action. This is especially true if we decide to stay in Japan, where there are entrance exams for Junior and High school, and rankings for prefectural schools are well known. (I won’t even get into the whole elementary school thing that can be tied into university acceptance) What I don’t want to end up saying to my kids is something like You’re lucky to have so many educational options, in my day we didn’t. While true, it’s not very helpful. Even frustrating.
Not to digress so much, but this brings me back to my point. Being able to choose from numerous places around the globe where to live is a luxury, but that in itself doesn’t make it easy. In fact, it’s probably going to be the biggest decision of my life up until now…because it’s so varied, so many factors; because there’s so many options, so many good options. Japan and Canada both pose many interesting, often directly opposing benefits and in the next year or two we’ve decided to make a decision – which is one step better than deciding to make a decision about making a decision. But it’s something, and in this day and age when I can start to prepare for such a decision with a 2 year window looking forward, I think that combats the pluralism a bit.
A lot of this comes from reflecting on the three sisters disaster that happened in Japan one year minus three days ago. Much of it comes from finishing my MA later this year, and thinking about beyond. So, it’s going to be a common theme in the months ahead.