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.
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.
So I’m listening to a motivational video at the gym the other day, and a clip from ‘The Martian’ comes on. I remember it took me a while to actually see that film. I think I had some sort of ill feelings held towards Matt Damon from his part in ‘Interstellar’. Another amazing movie, by the way.
Anyway, I remember the night I did finally watch it. It was a weeknight and it kept me up way too late. I couldn’t help it. There was no way I wasn’t finishing the movie, that night.
The acting was pretty good and the film had a decent story line. But what I couldn’t get over was the perseverance of Matt Damon’s character, and his ability to take risks.
“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.