Today I feel so heart broken.
As I mentioned before, I will start working next Monday and I have been waiting for this moment to come since months ago. I am no doubt very very excited and happy. I feel so ready to break a leg!
But at the same time, I feel sad because that means I probably will not have more time to have skype session with my Japanese friend, T-san.
First, let me tell you about T-san.
He is 61 years old Japanese guy lives in Malaysia, suffers from Parkinson Disease which restricts him to do heavy exercise. I dont know in detail how PD affects him, but from what he told me, he spent most of his time at home. He cannot be under stress, or being too tired, he cant walk long, he cant sit for too long, but that doesnt stop him to learn new things. He wanted to learn bahasa Indonesia, and he saw my ads on a website (I posted an ads about me teaching english and bahasa).
He called me to get a trial session.
At that time, I know little about PD. I asked him to send me email, he said though it will be difficult, but he will try. He did try. It must be hard for him, I feel bad after knowing more about his PD.
So we began our chat session, me learning Japanese from him and he learns Bahasa from me. He is really kind, easy to talk to, has a lot of energy and eagerness to try and learn. That kind of spirit is very rare for someone at his age. We talk twice a week for one hour (sometimes more), about many issues, from politics to celebrity.
It was really fun. I will tell the stories of each session to my husband, and he also found Me and T-san’s friendship as unique and interesting. He is glad that I am able to make friends even though it was online friends. And it became a habit for him at the end of the day to come home from work and ask me about the chat session as he most certainly will hear a new interesting story.
For me who spend most of my time at home with no friends, talking to him feels refreshing. I feel less lonely. I was once joked that we both are the same; kinda feel lonely and need friends to talk to, and it happened that we found each other.
And soon I feel him as a friend. He listened to my struggle on finding job, he even helped me to practice for my interview for my current job. I hope I was ever the same help as he was to me.
Now that I look back, I never regret of being unemployed for 6 months if that means I made at least one person in this world happy, or at least I was being useful to other people. I am glad I have ever been a friend of him, even just for a short time.
Now that I will start working, I promised him that we will still try to find a time to talk to each other and learn Japanese-Bahasa again. But deeply inside we both know it will be more difficult to find time, or at least it wont be the same.
I hope he will stay healthy and he will find himself surrounded by blessed people so he wont be ever feeling lonely.
As for me, I will try my best at my new job and always learn new things everyday. He has inspired my that age and condition should not stop us from learning. So, that is exactly what I am going to do!
Thank you T-san for being such a good friends for the past 4 months.