Thursday, February 19, 2009

JET Hopeful

I'm still visiting family in Chicago and still way behind on my blog reading. This will continue to be the case until at least early next week. To those still reading and commenting while I'm not being reciprocal, many thanks!

Yesterday was the main reason I made the trip out here at this exact time - the JET Program interview. I keep promising more info, and this is just a quickie post, but basically, I've applied to go back to Japan for a year, got the interview and will now wait until April to find out. If I go, I'd leave in July. The suit looked good with my dad's input and that of my dear friend J who knows these things (and who I'll see today!), the shoes were hawt, and I really think I answered the questions pretty well, even if it took me 20 words to say what I could have said in 5. I get nervous and give longer answers while thinking my way to a good one, I guess. Still, overall it went really well, and I even got to speak some bad Japanese (no Japanese required, and I did fine with the basics but kind of botched the harder stuff, which might actually be kind of a good thing since I'd be there to teach English, and they aren't looking for someone too very fluent who might use too much Japanese). I never count my chickens before they hatch and never assume I'm a shoe in for anything, but I do feel pretty good. Competition is tougher than it was 14 years ago when this was a once in a lifetime opportunity, but now they allow folks who've done it before to do it again up to age 40. If it doesn't work out, of course I'd be really bummed, but it's also not my only option and not even one I'm 100% sure I'd take, though I'm leaning that way.

Yes, it would be more apartness from Tom, and we discussed it at huge length back when I applied, and he couldn't be more supportive. If I go, he'd be visiting me and hopefully twice, and he has always wanted to visit Japan anyway. This avenue makes it more likely we'd ever get to see Japan together. I would have regretted not trying to do this thing again since everything has lined up in a make some lemonade with some of these lemons and a little sugar kind of way - I'm 36 without the children and minivan I dreamed I'd get to have, I'm unemployed and between jobs instead of mid-career that wouldn't have allowed such a break, I've already left the Portland area I'd called home for about a decade and just arrived in Tulsa where I'm not yet firmly implanted and entrenched. Most of all, and this is the sugar, I have a man who supports me fully and wants me to never have any regrets for not pursuing this big maybe. And he's not just saying that.

There is more to say, but it's time to head out and get on the road. Things are icy up north where we are, and I'm headed south to get my car and to make the trip out to Indy to see my dear friend J, easily my favorite person on the planet. Some of you know that I met him on the JET Program in 1995. Lots of good things come out of an experience like that, and while I expected to learn much about Japan and living abroad, I didn't expect to get a best friend out of the deal. If I get to go back again, who knows what I'll take from the experience this time. We applicants are sometimes referred to as JET hopefuls.

That's probably an understatement.

15 comments:

  1. I so so hope for you that you'll get the shot even if you decide against it, it's so wonderful to have a "once in a lifetime" opportunity show up twice. and i love that you look at life in a lemon with some sugar type of way, it makes my heart smile.

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  2. Good luck! I had a coworker that did the JET program and she had a great time. And it's wonderful if you get to go live somewhere that you love (unlike Belgium, which at this point I am simply tolerating).

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  3. I so hope you get to go. What a great opportunity and great timing. Cudos to your man for being supportive!

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  4. I don't know if I can keep my fingers crossed all the way until April. But I'll try. I hope I get to meet your Tom sometime. He seems to have a pretty level head on his shoulders.

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  5. I hope you get to go back too! I'll keep everything crossed for you! Drive home safely!

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  6. I'm crossing my fingers for you. You are much braver than I am! :)

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  7. wonder how come someone over 40 can't do this?

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  8. Have a safe trip, both to Indy & back home!

    You KNOW I'm hoping for you to be a JET, not just a 'hopeful"!

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  9. I hope it all works out for you. Be careful driving back.

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  10. you have made a brave decision. good luck!

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  11. I'm glad the interview went well, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you as well. How wonderful that your Tom supports you in this, even if it would mean more apartness! Okay, he has already proved he can handle that, but still ...

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  12. Wishing you the best of luck, even if you haven't totally made up your mind yet!

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  13. i hope it works out! how wonderful that your boyfriend is so supportive!

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  14. I do hope you get your opportunity to make a choice. I'm pretty sure I know what that choice will be. It's a good thing you have a quality guy to lean on and support you. Luck to you in some many ways.

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