I’m Proud to Let Life Break Me

Reflecting on a trip back home to California

Vincent Van Patten
ILLUMINATION

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San Francisco. Photo by the author.

For the past week, I joined a team from Tokyo on a sojourn to San Francisco to help work on a documentary about specialty coffee and chocolate.

I returned to Tokyo yesterday, so I apologize if this story feels like paint splattered on a canvas. The content’s there, as are the varying shades and color, but it’s a bit messy. That’s how my life feels right now, and, well, that’s okay.

I learned so much on this trip about myself, about the world, about people of all stripes from different walks of life.

It was hilarious to be a part of this motley crew made up of four Tokyoites, an expert chocolatier from France, a San Franciscan who would guide us around the city for the week, and me.

Our guide was around my age, someone I would have been friends with during university, which I attended on California’s central coast. Much of the undergrad population came from either southern or northern California. Several of my best friends are from the San Francisco area.

It was cool to have someone to relate to in an environment where I often felt somewhat out of place.

I gotta say, our guide told me a few days into the shoot, I didn’t expect to see you with this crew. I laughed…

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Vincent Van Patten
ILLUMINATION

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