Never Give up ! With full of Appreciation and hope in my heart

(29/05/2012 article when I was in Switzerland)



On 21st of May after I entered into Switzerland, already 40days passed. And finally I could start walking again toward London.
“Switzerland” Green Country with full of beautiful Nature “Alps Mountains”, “A variety size of lacks in a mountain site”, “Colorful Forest with so many kinds of colors”, and “Green grass field at the foot of the mountains”. The beautiful scenery do gave an illusion that I came to the world of fairy tales…

However after I entered into Switzerland so many kinds of problems, and difficulties had been happened to me. “Schengen Agreement the limited staying for foreigner”, “Arranging the action at Bern such as tree planting, giving a lecture for children, spreading the message of mine through the local media…)
and “Lost Bank Card after solve the problems of staying longer at Switzerland & France”, all of them I needed so many times and so much powers to solve the problems. When after solved the problem, the other problems happened. It was really hard time in this one month… I tried to multiplex approach for solving the problems, tried to not get disheartened even the people sent away so many times without meeting, and tried to thinking positive way for solve the problems, but no solutions for the problems, couldn’t arrange the event at Bern……. I don’t know how many times the Government sent away me without meeting,, I don’t know how many times the officer sent around me from the office to the other office… From Bern to London it is just 850km, but through this experience I really felt that absurdly far from here to London… I felt London have became more far away from me. And I really think that can I walk arrive in London…

I think if it had been past time, I gave up and went home for escape from the hardness… But now I DO not… I can’t give up!!! I face up to the problems and I try to make something, try to do something for the place for the people, and I am sure to walk arrive in London. There are reason that I couldn’t give up!!

Since 2007 I have been walking, and in this 5years, about 11000km, I met thousands and thousands people & children, cooperating with so many kinds of government, organization, NGO group, school, local community to do some action for them for their community. Each time the people supported me, helped me, encouraged me, and gave me a power toward Peace toward London. The all people & children from government to school, they walk with me in their heart! And said to me “Don’t Give UP”
Because of these people these children, I couldn’t give up!!!!! For the people for the children who I met, for all the people for the Earth I must try my best with full of hope and full of dream. Even it was hard situation, every single steps, every single moment, I must try my best! I think it would be a repay an obligation for the people who helped me and supported me and encourage me. I strongly believe that if I keep my hope and keep my dream, the many people can start to have a hope and dream for peace for this Earth!





And finally few days ago, I could do some actions at Bern, and I could solve the problems =(During I WAS staying in Bern using 2weeks I tried to find a solution, I couldn’t solve the problems, So last hope for my walking through Switzerland, and France I came back to Chiasso Tichino Province. There were the people who helped my Peace actions during I stayed in this area. With the people we tried to solve the problems. And as soon as I arrived in the place “Chiasso” many things started moving. Government, Ngo Group, Local , Community, Local people all tried their best to solve my problems. It was amazing, because all of the different people cooperated together!!! And just 1day we could solve the problem. We could find a way toward London all together )I could solve the problems for extending to stay in Switzerland and France.
(It was solved just 2 days before the expired day of my staying in Europe.)
And now everything started to go smoothly. !
Through my experience this time, I really want to say everybody!!
“Even if it was quite hard moment, Don’t give up!! Please keep your hope and dream!!!”
“Please keep your hope and dream for Peace for this Earth”

Nowadays so many people have a full of problems, so many people try to protect the environment, try to make a peace in this world even it is more hard situation than me…. I have no rights to say big words, or I am not a big person to give some hope or dream for the people… but now what I can do is, expressing my appreciation for the people who helped me, I try my best what I can do for this world keeping my hope for this world, and dreaming for Peace! I really wish that my action will become some hope or some dream for the people and the people get some inspiration and started the action with hope! Toward London it is just 2month left, not only toward London but also for this world I try my best walking, tree planting, and helping the poor people, giving a lecture for children. !!

5月21日スイスに入国して約40日、漸くロンドンに向けてウォーク再開する事が出来ました。
スイス。美しい自然が広がる緑豊かな国、アルプス山脈を始め、その山間部に広がる大小様々な湖、色彩豊かな森林、そして山脈の麓に広がる青々とした草原。まるでおとぎ話の世界に入り込んでしまったかのような錯覚に陥ってしまうほど、美しい光景が広がっています。しかしスイスに入国してからというもの数多くの問題、困難にさいなまれています。シェンゲン協定における協定国滞在制限、スイスの首都Bernでの活動アレンジ、スイス・フランス滞在問題解決後の銀行カード紛失、どれも多くの時間と量力を費やし、解決したかと思いきや又異なる試練がやってくるというとても過酷な1カ月だったのです。
どの問題にも多方面からアプローチを掛け、何度追い返されようとも意気消沈せず、ポジティブに物事をとらえ解決策を練りました。
しかし一向に解決しない問題、どんなに努力してもアレンジできない活動、幾度となく政府の人に門前払いをされたか。何度となく政府機関をたらいまわしにされた事か分かりません。Bernからロンドンまで約850kmとう距離でありながら、自分にはロンドンが途轍もなく遠い存在に感じました。歩いてロンドンに到着出来るのか本気で悩みました。

もしも昔の自分であったなら疾うにあきらめていた事でしょう。日本に帰り全てを忘れ逃避していたと思います。しかし今の自分は違います。自分は決して諦める事はできません。どんな問題にも立ち向かい何もない所から何かをその場所の為に行う。そして必ずロンドンまで歩いて到着する。決して諦める事が出来ない理由があるのです。

それはこの5年間中国からここまでの約11000kmの道のり、自分は何千・何万人
の人々・子供たちと出会い、数多くの政府・機関・学校と共に沢山の活動を平和そして環境保護の為に行ってきました。その都度皆さんがサポートしてくださり、応援してくださり、前に進む力をくれました。その全ての方々(政府から小さな子供達)が心の中で一緒にあるいてくださっています。“最後まであきらめるな!”と言ってくださっているのです。
その方々・子供達がいるからこそ自分は簡単に諦める事が出来ないのです。
この助けてくださった人々の為に、道中出会った子供達の為に、そして全ての人々・地球の為に私は望みを捨てず最後まで全力を尽くさなければと強く感じています。
どんなに困難な状況であろうとも望みを捨てず、一分、一秒たりとも無駄にせず全力投球する。それこそこの5年間・助けてくださり、応援してくださった方々への恩返しになる。そう自分は信じています。自分があきらめずにいれば、多くの人々が平和・そして環境保護への希望と夢を持てると強く願っています。

そして漸く数日前、全ての問題が解決し、Bernでも活動を行う事が出来たのでした。
スイス・フランス滞在問題解決したのも、滞在制限の期日まで残り2日という状況でした。そしてその後すべてがスムーズに進むようになりました。
今回の経験を通じて皆さんに言いたい!“どんなに辛く険しい時でも諦めないでほしい。希望を夢を持ち続けてほしい”と言う事です。
地球環境・世界平和に対してもどうか希望を持ち続けてほしいのです。

現在沢山の方々が多くの問題を抱え苦しんでいます。遥かに自分より厳しく困難な状況下で生きようと努力しています。遥かに厳しい環境下で平和活動・環境保護活動をしています。このような困難な状況であるからこそどうか希望を持ってもらいたいのです。しかし自分は偉い事は言えません。希望や夢を与えられる立場でもありません。しかし助けてくださった方々に対する感謝、そしてこの世界に対する希望と夢を胸に自分の活動を一生懸命行う。それが少しでもおおくの人々の希望に、そして夢となるよう一生懸命歩いていきたいと思います。

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