あの子ですか? Are you the one?

日間ぐらい仕事で大阪、京都、加賀温泉に行きました。
大阪にいる間、コンビニに寄ってみました。支払いの時にそのコンビニで働いているお姉さんが「あなた、なにかに出てる?何かな~どこかで見たことがあるよ。」と私に言いました。
もう、考えずに「そんな ...」と答えて去りながら「ありがとうございま~す!」で終わってしまった。

I was out of town for about five days. While I was in Osaka (a prefecture southwest of Tokyo), I went to a convenience store to grab a bite to eat. The lady at the counter looked at me and said, "Hey, are you on TV or something? I've seen you somewhere." I said, "Who, me?" And laughed it off without giving it any thought, quickly making for the door while bowing my thank you.

後でその話を友達に言ったら、「あんた、認めれば良かったのに!自分のためじゃないよ。あの人を喜ばせるチャンスを見逃したよ。だめよ。」ってしかられた。
だめね。過剰に謙遜するのも行けないね。

Later on when I told a friend what had transpired at the convenience store, he immediately scolded me for denying the lady a small sense of victory at having recognized me. "It's not even about you. She would have been so happy if you had said yes."
Ah. I still have a long way to go with this humility thing. I got so used to putting myself down that if anyone pointed out a good quality in me, I instinctively shot it down. I had to practice acknowledging compliments. It's a work in progress, and I have a long way to go.

今度は石川の加賀温泉にて、ヨガクラスの後。3人の女性が私に話をかけてくれた。「あの子なの?テレビで歌ってた子?」今度こそ胸を張って「はい!」って答えた!
すごく喜んでくれた。「笑顔であなただと分かったよ!」見たいなコメントをして、貴重な会話だった。

Anyway, so a day or two later after a yoga class at an amazing hotel called Beniya Mukayu in the Kaga Onsen area (that right there is a long sentence opener), three ladies approached me and asked me if I'm the girl they saw singing on TV. This time I said yes! It's me! And they were elated. They told me that they recognized me by my smile. Wow. We had a most precious conversation, and went our separate ways.

本当の自分を認めましょう。それが人に伝わり、誰かの一日をどうか明るくさせる。
There's really nothing wrong with being yourself. People connect to that.

は~い。分かりました!♫
I'm learning that as I continue to embrace the person I am. Yay. ♫

A house by the river in Osaka. It's decorated with trash.

An onsen (natural hot spring bath) at Beniya Mukayu (Kaga Onsen)

The path to the forest garden

The view from a room at Beniya Mukayu