Nice to meet you. My name is Jared Pangier. Until you graduate, you can just call me Mr. Pangier.
For 21 years of my life, I lived in a place called Minnesota
. It's a place with four seasons, 10,000 lakes, and tons of beauty, if you know where to look. But to me, much like my favorite underground hip-hop group says in their hidden song "Say Shh,"
Minnesota is great not for what it has, but for what it doesn't have. Take a listen to the song to really understand what I mean.
Like I was saying, Minnesota was my home for just over two decades, and then everything changed. Half-way through my 21st year of living, my eyes were opened to the big wide world. That is the year I studied abroad in Australia. That is the year I traveled overseas for the first time. That is the time I first realized that the world is a huge and diverse place full of ideas, and I wouldn't stop until I understood this better. Since that first time overseas, I have lived by an idea so eloquently stated by T.S. Eliot:
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
― T.S. Eliot,
I have lived and died by those words, as I explore the world. In the past decade and a half of my life, I have visited 12 countries. While much of my 20s were spent in Japan, I have also been to many other places in wider Oceania, including New Zealand, Fiji, Singapore, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Taiwan. Through these travels I have seen the sea, the mountains, millions of granules of powder snow, and a variety of cultures which have all come together to strengthen my understanding of the world. While I know that I know much more in my 30s than I did in my 20s, my journey is far from over.
Like all of us should have, I, too, have many dreams still left to fulfill. One of my greatest dreams
is to become a professional author where I live in the idyllic countryside of Japan with my lovely wife, Yuri, and future lovely kids. I am well on my way towards fulfilling my dream as I seek the best agent for my work, which you can preview at my author site: jaredpangier.com
. In the meantime, I will keep working hard, seeking, and believing in my ability to create beauty in the world, for as former first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
With that in mind, let us forge new paths together towards brighter futures. During our time together, I truly hope to get to know more about you and the dreams you have set for yourself and for your future! Let's move forward together!
To end, I'll leave you with a few of my favorite things. Enjoy!
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