Friday, October 26, 2012

20 days

Well folks, for those of you who don't know, in 20 days I will be making Seoul, Korea my new home for at least 12 months teaching English at an elementary school. For those of you who do know, I thought I'd start this blog to help you keep up with me. For those of you who don't care, well I guess you can exit out of this screen now. 

I know you're all wondering, "Why Korea? Why now? Why teaching? And why do you feel the need to move halfway around the world to do it?" I know you're wondering these things because you've all asked me. My response is usually, "Why not?" And honestly that pretty much sums it up for me. I just want to DO something. I want to have purpose other than making sure someones water glass doesn't get too low. Now don't get me wrong I love where I work, who I work for, and who I work with. My two favorite things in this world are people and food and the best way to put them together is a restaurant and I hope one day I'll find myself back in the industry. Perhaps on the other side of things, but in it no less. However, right now, I just want to go and do and see and learn and grow and teach. So one day about 6 months ago (after I had long given up on the job market in Mississippi) and I spent some time with my friend Google. At the end of some sleepless nights and soul searching (Seoul searching..haha..get it??...ok, I'm sorry) I sent an application and resume to an Organization called Reach to Teach. The rest is history. It's been a long, frustrating, expensive process and I almost gave up in the middle. (Turns out the job market is sucky world wide, not just in Mississippi.) Then everything started to fall into place. There are still a lot of questions unanswered, but these are things that my employer has promised to take care of and I'll figure it out when I get there. Why do I need to know where my apartment is located right now? It's not like I can go to it yet. So I'm just chilling for the next 20 days, and when I say chilling I mean very anxiously and sometimes a little scared waiting for November 16th to get here. 

So if any of you are going to miss me half as much as I'm going to miss you, keep in touch. I'm sure my writings will be wildly entertaining and you all will anxiously await the arrival of new posts. Skype me, Facebook me, FaceTime me, email me. This is going to be fun for all of us. 

P.S. Hug my parents for me whenever you see them.