Sunday, August 21, 2011

6 Months

Midway into my contract.  I think I've reached my "mid-contract crisis".  Yeah, that's what I'm calling it.  Which means I need to figure out what I'm going to do once my contract is complete...or at least have a few plans in place since I'm constantly changing my mind.  It will all boil down to how I feel when my time here comes to an end.  I'm fairly certain that I will not stay another year (I know I keep saying that).

Since my arrival here I think I have finally overcome my homesickness, realized that I should never say "never", come to terms with the fact that I don't know when I will return to Atlanta and if I will stay there...the list could go on.  One thing I have realized during my vacation in Tokyo is that I really do have a great life.  What a wonderful feeling!  It seems as if I am in a dream world.  There's nothing holding me back...I can do whatever I want.  Never in a million years would I have imagined myself working/living on the other side of the world, or even in a different country.  I'm meeting great people and forming friendships which I know will last beyond Korea.  The proximity to the places I would like to visit is ideal and unbelievable.  Since I'm on this side of the world, it just wouldn't be right if I didn't visit my motherland.

So the time has come for me to start my list making of what I would like to do in Korea before I leave and what I would like to do when I leave Korea.

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs.  Ask yourself what makes you come alive.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."  ~Howard Thurman

"People say that what we are seeking is a meaning for life.  I don't think this is what we're really seeking.  I think what we're seeking is an experience of being alive."  ~Joseph Campbell

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Lost in transit...

Imagine going from this rinky dinky railway system...

Atlanta, GA (USA)

to this...

Seoul, South Korea

(I'm still trying to figure out the bus situation in Seoul.)

Okay, now imagine having to use this...

Tokyo, Japan

(I'm not even going to try to figure out the bus system in Tokyo.)

It's quite overwhelming for someone who has had to rely on having her own car in order to get around town...