New Beginnings

Earlier this week I came to the end of my time teaching in Donggye Middle and High School. It was a truly life changing experience, and I’ve learned so much throughout the past two years.

When I finally decided to listen to my inner voice and take action back in 2013- turning my thoughts into reality by coming to Korea- I couldn’t even begin to fathom what was in store. At the end of it all, that beautiful rural village, the teachers, and in particular the students, will forever be in my heart.

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Main St. Donggye. Sunchang, South Korea

I enjoyed a very good life in Sunchang- I loved every minute of my time there (post culture shock)- and I probably could have stayed for a third year. That being said, I had slowly developed into a comfortable routine, and I felt that it was time for a change- a new challenge.

If you think adventure is dangerous, you should try routine- it’s lethal.

– Paulo Coelho

Ultimately, it was that very thing that brought me to Korea in the first place; the desire to break free from the shackles of my comfort zone, to follow my intuition, pursue a passion, and push my boundaries.

Although I was sad to be leaving on Tuesday last, I’m also curious as to what lies ahead.

So I am now technically unemployed and homeless- how exciting.

It’s not as downcast as it may sound- it’s actually kind of liberating, and thrilling- I am very much an idealist!

Naturally, doubts have been creeping in over the past week from time to time. I guess you would call it fear of the unknown; a whiff of anxiety brought on by the fact that I’m not quite sure what will happen.

I am afforded reassurance whenever I pick up the phone and reach out to family and friends, who are always on hand to offer words of encouragement.

The little inner monologue has been helping also, whereby I am quickly reminded that I am on the right path; I try to take comfort in the fact that I am doing what I feel is right, and I am happy in doing so.

It’s all part of the journey.

Fear, uncertainty and discomfort are your compasses toward growth.

– Anonymous

My good friend and teammate Neil- or ‘Timmo’ as he is known to us all- was kind (brave) enough to open up his doors to me. It turns out that despite his Dublin upbringing, he’s actually quite bearable to be around!

I joke.

He makes a grand cup of tae, so we will be alright!

As exhilarating as it is to be hanging out in the unemployment line- I have been exhausting all avenues. I won’t speak too soon, but things are looking good on that front.

All in all, it’s been a whirlwind of a week. It has all happened very fast, but it looks like I am going to be embarking on a new adventure pretty soon; the big city life in Seoul.

Main St. Mangwon. Seoul, South Korea.

I will continue to try to tune in to this inner voice in the hope that I will be navigated in the right direction, wherever it leads me.

There is something very empowering about taking control; taking positive steps- however big or small- which will contribute towards our happiness, and further our development.

It’s also a lot of fun to navigate unknown territory in search of new adventures!

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

– Mark Twain