Help from a ‘not-so’ stranger!

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Help from a ‘not-so’ stranger!
2019.02.01

I met up with a friend of mine on Wednesday night for dinner but unfortunately, as is the norm this time of year, he had a terrible cough and the flu. In the confined space of the restaurant and then later on in the congested train, it was inevitable that there was a risk of contagion. So said, so done. I woke up on Thursday morning with a sore throat, body aches and a slight headache. The weather was favourable for indoor activity so I spent most of the day in my room, in my bed medicating, drinking a lot of liquid and resting. Yes...vegetating. Oakhouse is pretty quiet during the day as most of the residents have regular Monday to Friday, nine o' clock to six o'clock jobs. I've made quite a few friends here at the house who have the same day off as I do. At around eight o'clock, I heard a soft tap on my door, so soft that I wasn't even sure if someone had knocked. I waited a moment, expecting to hear a second tap but nothing came. I ventured outside and saw my housemate walking away from my door. He quickly ran back to my door and enquired how I was. Sadly, I had to report that I was a bit under the weather. He promptly said, "Aw. Oh no. Please, let me know if you need anything." Just hearing those words made me feel loads better. Sure, I can take care of myself. It's expected when you leave your home and move to a foreign country. His words however, weren't empty words. They provided comfort for my mind. I was happy to know that there was someone whom I could depend on if I couldn't manage by myself. I wasn't completely alone. So you left almost everything behind. Here in Japan, new experiences and adventures await. How many have you had? Do you enjoy being alone, taking the world on by yourself or do you enjoy seeing it through other people's eyes? Both options have merit. We do need to be independent and try to be happy in our own company but at the same time, we learn and grow when we have people to take us with them on their journeys. Living in a sharehouse like Oakhouse has created many opportunities for not only me but many other residents. You almost feel like you have an instant family once you're willing to open yourself up to others. Reach out...you'll definitely find people to take your hand. Gotta run! My housemate just messaged me so we could have dinner together. This is what I'm talking about!

[caption id="attachment_54413" align="alignnone" width="300"]Dinner with housemates Dinner with housemates[/caption]
Date posted :
2019.02.01
Poster :
Hair Monster

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I'm like a chihuahua. Small but fierce and full of energy. I'm generally a positive person and try to make the best of each day.

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