It feels like de ja vu, ending 2022 similar to 2021, with some sort of bug! I’m fine- just a dry scratchy throat with a dry cough but it also doesn’t help that it’s dry outside.
In Korea, there are no public holidays for Christmas or New Year so it’s been weird. I think I’m actually quite tired and am itching for some time off. Back home, I would be having a handful of days off, eating so much Christmas ham, not knowing what day it is and having family get togethers. In contrast, I am working every day with no time to even reflect on the year or plan ahead! I have needed this post, time to reflect and plan.
The 01 Jan New Year celebrations are more muted here with some countdown parties and bell ringing happening in Seoul tonight. Many Koreans apparently go to watch the sunrise on the 01 Jan from the east coast or mountains. The Lunar New Year has greater importance here.
2022 was a big year having moved to South Korea to tick off a life list item. It’s been a wonderful experience and I still have days where I just can’t believe it. Teaching has been everything I imagined it to be. The kids are great, sweet, inspiring, funny and thoughtful. It’s not every day you have students telling you that they love you. But behavioural issues in class (don’t get me started on the puberty blues or whatever it’s called!) has been something I’ve found the hardest to manage. The sleepers, the ones who don’t participate, the rowdy kids, the ones who don’t pay attention and the ones that talk back.
I’m now on the tail end of my supposed one year adult gap year and I am filled with more uncertainty than ever before. What should I do next? Go back to working as I was previously and not really enjoying it? Keep teaching abroad? I am not really too sure and don’t think I’m any closer to finding out an answer with every day that goes past. It’s a mix of questions and doubts from career anxiety, earning lots of money and doing fulfilling work. Advice welcome.
Aside from all these doubts, if there is one certainty in 2023, it is that there will be many things to learn, new experiences and adventures to be had. That’s not too bad.
Happy New Year to everyone! Thank you for stopping by this year. I hope the New Year brings you happiness, good health and laughter!
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