The environment is very important to me.
It influences my daily moods, the way I feel about things, and my sense of happiness.
I don't know how much of myself will remain once I recognize the impact the environment has on me.
What kind of place do I want to live rooted in?
This leads me to reflect on what has made me satisfied.
I wanted to live near animals.
Rather than keeping animals, I wanted to live in a place where I could feel the breath of animals that are close to the wild.
Maybe it means that something inside me is relieved.
Before I got to where I am now.
I had a home in Tokyo, the old apartment I lived in with my mother, which I should call my parent's home.
And we kept a rabbit.
It was an old condominium, so I didn't have to worry about her gnawing on the walls, and thanks to that,
I was able to let her roam freely. She lived to be 12 years old and died 5 years ago.
My life with the rabbit awakened my love of animals within me.
If I had not had the opportunity to interact with the domesticated rabbit in Tokyo,
I would not have been inspired to live near wild animals in South Africa.
I spent some time over years in an animal sanctuary in South Africa.
It was not completely wild, but a semi-wild place where efforts were being made to return lions to the wild, their natural habitat
while humans managed them. The main objective was to protect white lions, which are said to live naturally only in that area,
but a balanced ecosystem is essential for lions to be able to live in the wild.
Wildebeest, impala, leopard, wild boar, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, giraffe, zebra, and various other animals lived there creating harmony.
It must be increasingly difficult nowadays to find a world where the fate of animals is completely untouched by humans.
Still, my relief and pleasure seem to be hidden in the freedom of animals to be free and to be free to watch over them.
It's not just about owning a living creature. Putting myself in a place where I could freely build connections and relationships with animals
was a way for me to stay connected to my central sense of joy.