Ok, so small thing:
I’m a rather physical person, worked on my machines and whatnot, also I like to handle stuff. This leads to many injuries. LOTs of stupid injuries with my fingers.
When I was a teen, I saw a burning-red-hot brake disk and thought, “What if I touched it?” and now I have a perfect 1cm line down my right index finger that has no feeling.
I have many others like that. Not many burns from that, but many scars.
I’m a “turn a bad situation into a good one” type of person, so this is give and take.
Short wrap up of it all: Worked and lived in Japan, decided to move back to the states after my contract was up.
Twist: Dated a Japanese person after I decided this, we agreed to keep it friendly/playful… but it became more serious than we thought due to chemistry. Kept to my plan until the night I was due to leave and we both broke down. But they told me it was better for me to go home.
Reason: I wanted to enter a new career field, and couldn’t get the proper schooling/time in Japan due to visa stuff. Either work in Japan or study at home. So I returned home, we went long-distance.
Kicker: This was last August, in the midst of Covid. So we’ve been this way for a while. But I did break into one career field, and have been studying/learning to get into programming for a while now.
Good parts: With my connections, savings, and unemployment, I’ve been able to thrive quite well at home to prepare myself. Learning programming to break into the web development field, which is big in Japan and with a spousal visa (via marriage, which is a given now) it’s easier.
Bad parts: Covid, still. Japan is very hesitant to open borders, which is totally reasonable and I’m glad for them to be more cautious to keep my SO and my friends safe. Still just a waiting game. Japan’s programming field doesn’t pay as much, not so many remote jobs (very Tokyo focused), and there’s slim English-only jobs (my Japanese is conversational, but not exactly job-ready).