Blogging for friends and family.

    This blog may be the most open I've ever been with my parents, and is certainly the first time I've sent the same material to them that I send to my peers (they, along with a small group of family members, get posts delivered by email ). It's an odd dynamic for me- I'm used to compartmentalizing my life, my parents putting up with my autonomy and reticence in exchange for me being a good, responsible kid. It wasn't that I would get up to anything I was ashamed or embarrassed about, it was more that I figured neither of us had anything but worry, awkward conversation, and irritation from communicating. My peers, the people living, studying, and experiencing lives that roughly resemble mine in a lot of ways, have always been my confidants and advisors.

    So why the change? I'm not exactly sure. It could be the fact that I'm on the other side of the world, making parents unwilling to waste the rare communication we have with petty worries or questions about what I'm up to. It might be the fact that I'm rapidly building a foundation for living on my own- I've finally got a good work history, a solid network of contacts, and ideas about what I want to do in the future, and if I end up living at home before I strike out on my own, it will be for a fairly short time. Or it might be that I finally feel like the self and the life I present to my friends is responsible, ambitious, and satisfying enough that there's no need to continue to compartmentalize it (that's not to say everything ends up on this public website, of course). Whatever the catalyst, I like the change- my recent obsession has been removing unnecessary complications and time-wasters from my life, and this fits within those lines pretty well.

    Oy, tomorrow is going to be intense. I managed to find a Kinko's to get some rush business cards made, and I'll be going to the Yahoo! Japan end-of-year party in the afternoon, which I'm expecting to be yummy food and drink mixed with networking with cool Japanese web hipsters. I'll have to take off a little early to make the 虹の会 (niji no kai, or "rainbow meeting." It's an international school club) Christmas party, and then it's off to all-night clubbing with the exchange students, some random friends from random places, and with any luck, a DJ or two. Sunday will probably be spent asleep.