It’s officially less than a week until I move to South Korea. I haven’t even begun packing, and despite genuinely being excited for this new chapter in my life, I wonder why it is I’ve put off actually preparing for it.
Maybe it’s because I’m older now and I’ve really thought hard about this decision? My other moves were sort of no-brainers, I didn’t really need to think about them because it was post-college and I was young and dewy eyed. This time I really had to think if I wanted to try and make it work in the US or head to Asia again to chance it and see if that would be a better opportunity. It’s been awhile since I was in a classroom setting (wherein I was teaching anyway), so part of me is nervous about my abilities, but I also know I do well when I rise to a challenge. I think I just like freaking myself out. Masochist, remember?
And I think that’s a good thing. Travel can be scary. It’s daunting and the unknown is just that, it’s unknown. Despite having been to South Korea a few times now, and having spent a few weeks there, I know living in a place is very different from just visiting.
It’s the seemingly mundane things that seem to cause the most stress. How will my bills work? What’s the best choice for internet? Right now I’m yelling at my new unlocked cell phone that came with a back cover that doesn’t entirely close, causing the battery not to be snug and thus it’s draining like a fiend. I wanted to go to Korea with an unlocked smart phone so I would just be getting a SIM and cut down my costs. But because it took an age to get this phone to me and now it’s faulty, I’m going to have to return it. So now I’m trying to check up on how mobile contracts work in Korea and have to decide do I lock myself into a two year contract in the hope things will work out and I’ll stay more than a year, or will I be shooting myself in the foot?
The fact is, there’s a lot to think about. And never mind the whole leaving behind friends/family/pets/etc. Even though I am very excited and generally optimistic, I’m also afraid. However, being afraid is OK. Being scared indicates that it actually means something to you. There’s a risk in every move, and moving abroad is especially filled with risk, but anything that is worth it is hard work, and normally is sort of scary.
So it’s okay to be afraid.
At least that’s what I keep telling myself.
I figured this is a good time to announce how I’ll be chronicling my adventures in the land of the morning calm. Not only am I going to be writing about my life in Korea, but I’m also going to be vlogging about it!
Curly In Korea will encompass both my Korean posts here on The Nerdventurists and also the South Korean part of our YouTube channel! There’s no videos up yet, but please subscribe on YouTube to stay up to date :)!
Art by the amazing Andrea Kendrick.