the risk it took to blossom

I can’t even begin to talk about how overwhelming it is to move to another country and I haven’t even moved into my apartment yet. My knowledge of the Korean language is only Hello and Thank you. However, I do know how to read Hangul so that’s been a big help even if I can’t understand what I’m reading most of the time.

In order for me to compartmentalize the many emotions I’m feeling I’ve made a list (yes another one!) of things that I want to accomplish in terms of me growing as a person. The one fear I have is completely shutting down and not interacting with anyone at all…followed by only interacting with foreigners, while that is a nice safety net, I want to interact and make friends with the people who actually live here.

So, without further ado, here’s the list.

  1. Learn Korean — most of the people that I’ve talked to before coming say that I don’t need to learn Korean, that I can just get by with English but I don’t want to “just get by,” I want to thrive. I will sign up for a Korean class as soon as I get my bearings in Daejeon.

    World Peace Gate – Jamsil Olympic Park – I see this every morning on the way to the training center.
  2. Learn how to cook Korean food — I don’t want to spend more money on buying Western food products and I actually like Korean food AND I barely cooked meals when I was living at home so this is me adulting at the same time (a friend already found a youtube channel for me to learn from so yay)

    Bibimbap is legit one of my favorite things, I could eat it every day.
  3. Sign up for a class or three. (Cooking, Art, Archery????) I’ve actually already found a cute Paint Night art class in Daejeon however I’m afraid of accumulating art. I honestly enjoy making it but then I don’t really want to keep it for a long time. If I can find English speaking classes, I’ll definitely sign up. At least until my Korean becomes passable.
  4. Do a language exchange. I put this almost last only because I don’t know any Korean and it wouldn’t be a language exchange when I’m only exchanging English (or Tagalog or French). My Korean vocabulary is limited to some food items which is very sad.
  5. Lastly, become more active. This goes hand in hand with the hiking portion of my wander list in my previous post. Good news is I don’t own a car and I’m slightly terrified of taking the bus and I enjoy walking so hopefully I can make it more of a hobby and actually have some sort of exercise routine.
Another part of my walk to the training center. Olympic Park is on the left.

Maybe I’ll add more as I come across more things I want to do. I’d like to update this post as well when I’ve done some of the items on here. Eventually.


And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.  – Anaïs Nin

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