Back home

It must have been cold there in my shadow,
to never have sunlight on your face.
You were content to let me shine, that’s your way.
You always walked a step behind.

So I was the one with all the glory,
while you were the one with all the strength.
A beautiful face without a name for so long.
A beautiful smile to hide the pain.

Did you ever know that you’re my hero,
and everything I would like to be?
I can fly higher than an eagle,
for you are the wind beneath my wings.

It might have appeared to go unnoticed,
but I’ve got it all here in my heart.
I want you to know I know the truth, of course I know it.
I would be nothing without you.

Did you ever know that you’re my hero?
You’re everything I wish I could be.
I could fly higher than an eagle,
for you are the wind beneath my wings.

Did I ever tell you you’re my hero?
You’re everything, everything I wish I could be.
Oh, and I, I could fly higher than an eagle,
for you are the wind beneath my wings,
’cause you are the wind beneath my wings.

Oh, the wind beneath my wings.
You, you, you, you are the wind beneath my wings.
Fly, fly, fly away. You let me fly so high.
Oh, you, you, you, the wind beneath my wings.
Oh, you, you, you, the wind beneath my wings.

Fly, fly, fly high against the sky,
so high I almost touch the sky.
Thank you, thank you,
thank God for you, the wind beneath my wings.

Fluffy plushes from my beloved ones.

I was half-way through editing this post as I woke up in the middle of the night in my room in Bangkok. I turned on the internet radio and it played “Bette Midler-Wind Beneath My Wings”. The lyric touched my heart like never before.

The first few days after my arrival in Bangkok, I felt detached and lost. I was upset at the whole bunch of inconsiderate people out on the streets, in the elevator, or even in the restroom. I even thought about changing my flight so that I could leave sooner. I didn’t have anything to hold on to. I didn’t feel that I belonged to anything around me, and suddenly I hated everything–for any given reasons.

It was not until later did I realize those feelings were temporary and probably might have been the result of my sudden departure from Tokyo. Despite Bangkok’s abundant contemporary brick-and-mortars as seen in many other big cities , it was still hard to compare Bangkok to Tokyo, or even to LA, speaking in terms of the country rules and regulations as well as the social standards. However, as time goes by, I’ve come to realize that only here in Bangkok stayed the most important thing in my life: the people whom I dearly love.

Going back home this time has really changed my perspective of life, and has greatly affected my plan for the future. I assured myself how important the loved ones are, and I’d not take their love for granted. At the end of the day, I totally forgot how mad I was at the crazy traffic, at the humid weather, or at those people who never knew how to stay in queue….Life is too short and I’d never know how much time each of us has left in this world. Why not spending the rest of the time as close to them as possible?

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