I was thinking about school clubs earlier today, a little ruffled underneath about how Japanese schools expect students to be in one club only, and to be in that one club for all of their middle school and high school years. This is in great contrast to the USA, where we are all about the well-rounded student. Colleges and universities just might pass up the student who only ever participated in a single club activity, despite having amazing grades, in the USA.
However, it occurred to me, as I wondered how on Earth this benefitted these kids, only learning one skill, doing only one club, that it is absolutely preparing them for their futures. When Japanese kids graduate college, and are interviewing with companies, they – now, this is traditionally, you see – are hiring for life. Those kids are expected to remain loyal, and to stay within the company that first hires them after college. So, doing the same one thing every day for years in their single club absolutely prepares them to go to the same single job at the same company for the rest of their lives. It’s just nothing like the USA, making it so bizarre (and rather depressing) to me, someone who was in upward of 15 clubs in high school alone.
I see various posters and signs and advertisements all over the place here regarding drugs (and even “drags”), and almost every single one seems to have something about it that portrays the idea of promoting, as opposed to opposing, drugs.
The natural phrasing seems to be, “No, don’t do that. Do this.” And so, we have the natural adjustment in my brain of, “No! Drug!” to, “No, don’t do that! Do drugs!” or, “No, don’t do that! Drug!” (And then, is it meaning yourself or others?)
I know that I am silly. This in no way changes that I am using legitimate logic here, and these posters are kind of hilarious. 😛
In high school, I had this playlist entitled “Sleepers”. Every night, after I turned off the lights, I would snuggle into my bed and put in one earphone (because the opposite ear was against the pillow already) to listen. The first two songs were from the early release of the music from the film Across the Universe, “All My Lovin'” and “I Wanna Hold Your Hand”. The third song, which was on the playlist three times in a row, was “Iron and Wine” by The Postal Service.
I’m not too sure what had me pick these songs in particular, but there was something magical to me about them. It was as if they were the first steps into my having beautiful dreams, that they began and represented the life I wanted, but could only dream.
Something like that, anyway. And I was truly happy in my life at the time, too, which makes it almost silly that I wanted something more, even though I was happy exactly where I was with it all. 🙂