As of today, I have been in the Republic of Korea for 6 months. Half a year here. If I was a gambling man, I’d bet that I’ll be staying longer. Not sure how much longer, maybe just 6 months (so I’d be done in a year). Maybe not though. Maybe shorter, maybe longer. Obviously, nothing is set in stone. I’ll be missing Christmas this year. I don’t know if thats something I should be doing two years in a row.
I remember being in Grade 12 Exercise Science with a man named Randy Budner. A little wild with his mullet everywhere, but I thought him to be a great guy. He said something that I thought nothing about at the time, but today it’s something I never stop hearing:
“Time and distance; The two things in life that will make you lose people.”
This is the truth. Sure, Skype is one outstanding service, but it’s really not the same. Out of sight, out mind. If I stay away long enough, I will become irrelevant to people back home. People move on, that’s life. I have a lot of great friends back in Canada both from University and from Thunder Bay. I don’t want to lose them.
Once upon a time I had a girlfriend, but we (or, er, I) have never been able to deal with the distance between us very well. As of today, she’s in South Korea… and it’s just strange for me on a whole bunch of levels, even if she’s a few hours away.
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be a teacher with the rest of my life. As of today, I still don’t know. After being at Samcheok Girls High School for half a year, I will admit it: I love my school. I absolutely love my students. They were shy and scared when I first arrived, but now they are so much fun. Classes are fun. Talking with them is fun. I think they genuinely are happy to see me every morning, and that’s saying something (even though, they are kind of turning me soft…). But still, when it comes to teaching, I hate having no curriculum. I make up everything on my own, every class. It’s starting to get harder and harder to come up with good idea’s for my students. That is the part of teaching I absolutely hate.
I’ve made some great friends here in Samcheok and all over Korea. That is one advantage of leaving the friends in Canada – you get to make some good ones over here. The reality is, this group won’t be sticking together. Some have already left, some are leaving shortly. It’s part of the deal when you’re teaching in South Korea.
I’m in great shape today, lighter and stronger than when I joined the Warriors football team in 2005. I’ve also got a fitness blog telling about all I’m doing. I’ve cut down on my drinking a lot. I just can’t stand wasting a Saturday or Sunday hungover.
Other then that, I do miss home. I miss sitting down at a restaurant and having a casual conversation with the server. Or not being stared at as I walk down the street. I’ve gotten accustomed to life here, but it won’t be my permanent one.
For my friends back home that read this, just send me a quick message. Leave a reply. Hit me up on skype (johnmbritton). Let me know you’re out there.