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the origins of my avatar (profile picture)

what seems to be many years ago now i used to take these walks in the rural neighborhood of where i used to live.  the idea, for me at least, was to go a little further…just a little further each time until there was a full visual experience of the neighborhood.  even years before and after now i still love seeing something new.  perhaps this is the creativity in me, even though i am not the best writer, or perhaps the narcissist, but having a chance to possibly glimpse upon something of “old americana” or someone’s castle is inspiring.  so, as i used to take these walks, on the road was this word “jump.”  my daughter would jump as if it was her reason on being on the trip, and she would instruct me in turn to do so.  i never did.  for me, you see, by adding it here as my profile picture is a constant reminder to take that leap.  i do things more figuratively.  she, right now, more literally.  so, in a spirit of innocence, i take my jump daily.  i take a leap of faith.  

ps when i was asked, “how did you go to japan?”  i simply say, “i did.  i just did it.”  i did not have much money, but i had a job and place to stay when i arrived.  i had a safety net (figuratively), but i trusted that i was doing the right thing by going, and i, to use the word again, i jumped.

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About charleswinstead

having lived in japan for 3.5 years i wish to "go back to the island" as often as i can. i lived from 1999-2003. i went back in 2007, then again in 2011. i am a full time teacher, so the best time to go for me is during the summer vacation. it works out well because i love the sensational feelings i get in japan during the summer...especially playing taiko and eating lots of ma-cha ice.

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