posted on Apr, 21 2011 @ 04:55 AM
Hi people, I've been reading this site on and off for a few years, but this is my first time to have the confidence to reg lol.
I'm interested in lots of things, I think I'm pretty hard to classify (or I'd like to think so anyway lol) but I try to be honest with my feelings
and opinions. I'm going to have some political and religious views that bother a lot of people I think, but I will try not to be annoying about it.
One thing I really respect about this board is how you all are so polite to each other and well mannered. I can't tell you how refreshing that is.
I'll try to be worthy of it myself.
About me...lets see...I'm 22, female, American. I'm not in America right now, though. I'm in Japan. This is also a big part of the reason I decided
to post here. I really find the Japan threads quite useful and informative and I'm hoping I might be able to contribute something as an on-the-ground
witness to events so to speak.
The backstory on that is that I was an LDS (Mormon) missionary here. I'm not any longer. In fact, I have formally left the church after a series of
events caused me to deeply question my faith. I still am trying to find my way forward with that whole kettle of fish. Let's just say the last few
months have been earth-shattering for me: First spiritually and then in actual literal fact when the earthquake hit. The other Sister who was with me
(we work in pairs) returned home but for reasons I'm not fully sure of I want to stay here. I think I am called upon to help the people here. Not as
a missionary but as a human being with two hands and a heart. I want to go dig ditches, wrap bandages, hand out bottled water, whatever, for the
refugees, with no thought for myself or for anything. I think it is Providence that first I left the chuch and then the quake happend. The events have
made me not a religious person, which was my identity before, but simply a human being who wants to respond to people in pain.
I can't go up north yet for a bunch of different reasons and actually I'm not sure I might not ever be able to. For now I am staying in Tokyo and
I'm doing what little I can, which isn't much because basically I'm broke lol but I've never been happier and never felt more like a real
Anyway, that's what I can bring to ATS.
What else...I have strong political opinions like I said about just about everything and everyplace lol so I will need to take my mind off Japan in
those kinds of threads. I also like the speculative stuff, aliens, spirituality and philosophy, all that good stuff...bring it on but be gentle lol