The natural ups and downs of life can either generate personal growth or create personal fears. Which of these dominate is completely dependent on how we view change.

Life can have many ups and downs

So today marks the day where I’m one year from 30 years old… fuck. I’m getting old but with ageing comes the accumulation of experiences and with that can become wisdom depending on how you reflect on your past.

The quote above is from the book The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer which tells us how we can respond to these constant encounters we come across in our everyday life. Of course…

All psychological suffering (or happiness, taken in its usual sense) is a matter of comparison.

Comparing yourself with others can make you feel insignificant

Recently I finished reading He: Understanding Masculine Psychology by Robert A. Johnson and I came across a very powerful quote. This quote really resonated with me as I have felt somewhat lost for the past few months. I have definitely achieved a lot this year already but I felt that I have also made mistakes which have led me to not feel confident nor happy with myself. This is in turn has also caused a feeling of regret.

The reason this particular quote has resonated…

It has been a few weeks since my return back to the UK from Japan. I had come back about 9 months ago for about 10 days but because I was doing a lot of sight seeing and felt like a tourist, I really didn’t feel like I was truly back. Now that I am back living and working in London I’ve come across the phenomenon of reverse culture shock.

Firstly though, what is culture shock? In the Oxford Dictionary, culture shock can be defined as this:

The feeling of disorientation experienced by someone when they are suddenly subjected to…

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

— Buddha

Happy new year everyone! I think it’s that time of the year where we’re all looking back at the goals we’ve set at the start of 2018 and wondering were they achieved? Many people, like me, may have not or have just forgotten them all together. Then when January 1st hits again we once again form New Year’s resolutions and begin the chase again. …

Today marks my 4 year anniversary of moving to Japan. It has definitely been an interesting 4 years filled with joy, sadness, surprises and whole bunch of other indescribable feelings. I still believe to this day it was one of the best decisions I have made in my life.

Me 4 years ago arriving in Japan

Living in Japan has made me grow tremendously and given me the chance to have so many experiences I otherwise couldn’t have had back in the UK. I believe one of the biggest things I have attained is the ability to speak a second language. When I had first moved here…

At the end of 2017, I took the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) exam for the grade N2 for the third time. N2 is the second hardest level you can take for the JLPT, it can be equated to intermediate or upper intermediate level. A few days ago, I received the results for my third attempt and to my surprise not only did I pass, I managed to obtain a perfect score in listening. I had been slacking a lot in my Japanese studies for a while hence why I failed twice before so I wanted to go back the…

Kevin Adu-Sarkodie

British Developer living in Japan since 2013

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