Tokyo changed me. Fundamentally.
Not the way every other place changed me. My hometown K. shaped me into a person I didn't want to be. A person who had adapted to values and roles she didn't believe in. Leipzig gave me freedom, but for the first time injected me with fear. Cold and quivering phobias that would follow me to the other end of the world and that I could never really shake off for the comfort of feeling safe between four walls, even if it meant locking myself into it.
London pushed and pulled on all my corners and freed me for the first time in my life, putting me on stage, making me afraid and showed me it's okay to be. That you fail, that people laugh about you, at you, and taught me who my real friends were. The city of tubes and bridges built me my very own way around the world, in so many ways while showing me the pieces of me inside of me, that I couldn't even dream of before leaving my home country.
I like to say that I don't really have a 'home', but Tokyo is pretty damn close.
Tokyo gave me less friends, but provided me a family and various challenges. The only thing better than being pushed into the light is fighting for it with every cell of your body.
Tokyo made overcome serious illness and showed me that life is worth living. It's the city that gave me life. And for the rest of it, all I want to do is give this feeling back to the people of this endless city of lights.
You are the reason I am still here, the family I always wanted, the home I still pretend not to have achieved.
If you have a dream, don't give up.
If you are still sending paperplanes to a future self, be your own saviour.
Life is worth living and it took me 22 years and 8 months, 14 flight hours away from where I was born to understand that.
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