How to get out of an energy jam (to get the strength to deal with the remaining 80 days of January).
Rice porridge, pickled plumbs, and a view of the city stretching into eternity is what got us started on our second day in Tokyo.
Thanks to a friend’s recommendation we took the train to Shibuya Crossing, where we found the nearby Shibuya Excel Hotel. Here we enjoyed a traditional Japanese breakfast with a bird’s eye view of the city. What a sight it is! You get perspective on just how huge Tokyo is when you see it from higher up. You get the idea that it’s several cities in one, as you can see differences between neighbourhoods and areas from above.
From above we could see how huge Yoyogi Park is. We walked through it to get back to our home base in Hatagaya and returned later. Our friend who was our guide for our time in Tokyo took us back to the park at dusk for a unique sight. Every Sunday there is a group of dancing Elvis fans who jive while the sun sets. It was highly entertaining and one of my favourite surprises in Tokyo.
After a good afternoon nap (an essential when you’re being over excited constantly) we made our way to Harajuku where the over stimulation was taken to another level. There are hundreds if not thousands of amazing shops lining the streets of the shopping district and so many interesting characters. We had some seriously delicious crepes and walked the streets till our feet ached and it was late at night.
We made our way through the hip and beautiful Cat Street and felt like we were in a futuristic film thanks to the bright lights of the city.
I felt so at home in Harajuku and had to seriously restrain myself from blowing my entire budget. My loot for the day included highlighters in the form of syringes, a shirt with space cats on it and severely overpriced stickers that are not nearly as durable and unique as the shop assistants promised (but still pretty amazing).
The city kept on surprising us, and we were just getting started…
Being mugged fucking sucks.
Sorry, there’s no way to put it nicely.
Someone aggressively taking something that belongs to you is jarring. It’s sad that it had to happen to us after one of the best days of our lives at the Global Citizen Festival on Sunday.
The moment keeps looping in my mind, replaying over and over while I ask myself why it had to happen. I don’t feel safe anywhere.
Nowhere in South Africa is safe though, and no one in South Africa is safe either. Until all of us are free, none of us are free. Oprah reminded us of that and so did that man that snatched my phone.
If you can bear the heat in this kitchen then let’s get cooking. Nothing is going to change unless all of us make a change. Politicians are clearly not going to do it for us. The media is obviously not going to encourage us.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
One of the most prevalent pieces of advice I’ve come across is experts saying you need to pick a niche in order to succeed.
Your niche would be the intersection between what you love doing and what there is a market for. Being someone known for being an expert in one thing makes your life a whole lot easier.
If you’ve already found your niche then you are seriously lucky and should explore that to the ends of the earth. If however, you’re a jack or jill of all trades unsure of what to specialise in, then my friend you’re not alone.
In the age of digital media, you can often come across a job spec asking for candidates to be able to do everything from SEO to design to social media management to copywriting. We’re asked to be adaptable, to take opportunities and be willing to do anything there’s a need for. On the other hand however, we’re told to pick a niche. Find that one thing you’re good at and work hard to perfect your craft.
This contradiction can be difficult to manage at the best of times.
In this warehouse of life, there has to be space for clearly labelled boxes and boxes with an odd shape filled with uncategorisable things. You don’t have to pick your niche right now if it’s not something that jumps out at you. Instead, it might be better to find your tribe, the people who you can serve with your talent.