October 19, 2021 at 11:54AM

I learned that “being nice” is a fundamental part of relationships in the US. I understand it is important, but here, in this account, please be nice to yourself first. You don’t have to be nice to anyone, but try to be kind. I much prefer “learn with pain” than “ignore with comfort”.

SNS is a scary place. An “account” whom I don’t know & who claim they don’t care to know me can say anything anonymously. The more I speak up, the higher the risk gets. I was… I am still in fear of those anonymous malice. I did not speak up for a while even in the pain. I tried to ignore my pain by being nice to others. For that, I wasn’t either nice to myself, and kind to others who really wish to learn Sashiko. It is SNS, though, who encouraged me today. You may minimize your pain, yet if it hurts a lot, speak up. 99.9% of the people will ignore your voice, yet there is always someone who listens. This account exists thanks to those 0.1% who decided to listen to insignificant matters to most people, yet an unbearable pain to me. I am NOT a leader in Sashiko. All I do is to make sure that no one is left behind, like a teacher without a specific homeroom who checks if all the kids are on the bus.

昔、刺し子配信で頻繁に、「俺は刺し子のリーダーになりたいんじゃない。迷子になっている子がいないか、落とし物がないかって、一番最後に歩く担任を持ってない先生みたいな存在になりたいんだ」って笑いながら言ってましたが、漸くそれを英語で書く準備ができました。求められている役割がリーダーだとしても、理想論だよねとバカにされても、でも「一人も置いてけぼりにしない刺し子」を望んでいます。そんなんできるのって自分自身が一番不安がっていますが、でもね、やってみないとね。

#Sashiko #JapaneseSashiko #刺し子


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