Life flows how it wants..
The worst part about vacations – aside from the tedious relaxation, and the horrid, utter lack of commitment or responsibility leaning on you – is coming back to real life and going back to work. I experienced this again first hand this past week. I had a bunch of days off last week and went to Busan. South Korea’s second largest city on the coast. Sexy beach city. Think Miami. Maybe at least.. I’ve never been to Miami.
It was a real eye opener and reminded to focus on building my own future and working for myself. Both the time off in the beach town and some occurrences in the week following.
Spring has officially sprung in South Korea. The cherry blossom trees are blooming, the weather is heating up – I had to turn on my A/C the other day for the first time, and the mini skirts have surfaced.
Similar to North America, wedding season is beginning to ramp up into full swing.
A lifestyle hack..
“So, you’re telling me they pay for your flights there, and back. They give you an apartment, pay you handsomely.. All for playing with some kids?”
Years ago when I was first introduced to the idea of teaching English As a Second Language [ESL], I saw it as a bit of a life hack to be honest. Live abroad, get taken care of financially, all for some minor work. It seemed too good to be true. Thinking back on this, I can’t believe it took so long for me to finally take the plunge.
I also remember thinking, despite hearing that it’s not an intensive job, I’m not a teacher. By any stretch of the imagination.
Yet years later, and no further formal education training.. Here I am.
“As I came back to myself I realized I had been sitting there for over an hour. I was surprised, but I didn’t care. I had nowhere to be and no one to appease.”
Recently having visited Japan over my winter holidays by myself it really got me thinking about solo travel. It was my first real solo traveling trip. I could argue that moving to Korea was a solo expedition, but I did know a few people in the country previous to coming.
I’ve been comfortable going places by myself for most of my life. I don’t need an entourage to arrive to an event with, and I’m fine going out to dinner alone Visiting a country alone though, is a different story.
Sit down at the table of life, and you’re dealt a hand. The cards drawn are at random, none are exactly the same. Undoubtedly some get much better than others, and some end up folding before the first round’s even finished.
They say you can’t control what happens to you in life, but that you can control how you deal with the circumstances. Before I get too philosophical, a short story from my life..
A few days ago I wrote on my experience of breaking my ankle while in Korea. Financial goals, fitness aspirations, day to day life, and social interests have all been shaken. It’s upset my life, to say the least. More on how I plan to adapt to this bust hand I’ve been dealt in a moment.
What really stimulated this writing piece was from my first day back at school after surgery and a week off.