Yesterday, Sunday October 24th, was the six month mark. As with anything in life, when you look forward, time crawls. I miss my family and friends back home. I miss driving and eating at Blind Bob’s and eating crepes at 2nd Street Market with my mom on Saturday mornings. But when you look backward, the time goes by far too fast. I still haven’t done a temple stay or been to the DMZ or seen the World Heritage sites that are right here in Seoul or made the trip to Busan.
Yesterday, on my trip back from Muuido Island, I took a detour to Coex to get some dinner at On the Border. I didn’t realize that the trip from Muuido to Coex would be the exact same trip as the one I took 6 months earlier from Incheon Airport to City Air Terminal. It got me all sentimental, which if you know me, I don’t care for, but I’m learning to enjoy the feeling.
The time has come to start planning for next year, to start cramming in all the things I feel must be experienced, to plan for my vacation. I love Korea, very much. I miss home, very much (especially since my sister insisted upon making my very first niece this weekend. I can’t wait to love you Emma).
Here are eleven things I know for sure at six months in:
1) I am really good with young children. They love me and I love them.
2) I don’t care for the age when kids get to be too cool for school.
3) I could be a good teacher. I could be a good social worker.
4) I love to travel. No matter what financial future is in store for me, I should never forego travel again.
5) People like me. I don’t have to try to make them do it. If they don’t like me, that’s OK. I like me. Doug really likes me. Being happy is more important than being liked. When you stop worrying about people liking you, they like you more.
6) America is pretty great, for a lot of reasons. America is worth investing in because I am an American and other people are not. Infighting is a waste of time and effort. Your petty fights back home seem pretty childish from the other side of the ocean.
7) Even if you try something while open to a new culture, doesn’t mean you have to like it. There is nothing wrong with simply not liking octopus. I can still appreciate the culture of a country and not enjoy the texture of octopus.
8 ) I don’t have to settle.
9) I really love and am good at and miss cooking.
10) American food, while delicious, is gross and unhealthy. We are eating ourselves to death.
11) I am a genuinely happy person and I consider this to be my greatest achievement to date.