Dear Self (in the future),
Enjoying watermelon at present. Sitting on padded chair with lop-sided backside. Watermelon bigger than Miki’s head. Whilst away, primary goal is to gain fluency in host country’s language. Dream and dream in foreign tongues. 将来、 あなたの日本語がとてもいいなりたいですよ！
Brought to attention by group; don’t gain over 5 kilograms. Hope for Japan. If don’t get it, who cares?
You know what? You’ve grown up. You’re certain of who you are. You’re comfortable in your own skin, and you have lived a year of fulfillment. Feel proud.
To future self, perhaps you now have nicer hair? That’d be good. If not, go to hairdressers immediately.
In your country, you should have visited at least two major cities, seen at least 20 major tourist attractions, thrown an amazing 18th whilst away. Brag to friends about it being better. Stay in touch with host families nag-dammit!
Hopefully you’ve become a human. Grown from any form of selfishness and evolved. This is the only prayer you will ever pray.
*Written prior to going on exchange in 2011 to Germany. One can see how psychotic I once was.