This post is about one of the most common things any expat will have to do: say goodbye. If you are teaching English in another country you are going to have to learn to say goodbye to a lot of things. You've already said goodbye to your normalcy back in your home country. You said goodbye to your family and friends that you've spent years of your life with. Life as an expat, however, means having to say goodbye a lot more often. I'm going to break this down into two categories:
Saying Goodbye to Your Job
|This is what it looks like when your students love you.|
|Sorry, Hyehwa... mah bad|
|But come on, how many students will remember that their teacher is obsessed with super hott Korean men?|
Saying Goodbye to Friends
Ok... this one is... this one is going to suck.
You are going to meet some of the most amazing people during your time in any expat community. Expats are a unique breed. We come from all over the world with different politics, different backgrounds, and different personalities, but somehow we all fit stitch together in a perfect quilt used to shelter each member from any storm. We listen to each other's triumphs and failures; we nod empathetically while members bitch about difficulties with expat living; we defend our adopted countries vehemently while whining together about things we miss from home. We are on the same journey together and we know it. This past year has been rough on the expat community in Korea but we've held together beautifully.
That being said, you're going to have to say goodbye to some of the people who have been your support and your closest confidants. I've had to say goodbye to some of the most incredible people I have ever met over the course of this past year. People who shaped my perception of life in Korea and who helped me during my most difficult times. You create a normal within the abnormal of expat life, but that normal will be dissolved as quickly as it came.
|SUYU CREW 4 LYFE|
If you want to feel like your time in Korea is worth while you need to do only one thing: find someone who hasn't been here as long as you have. They will be so thankful for any and all advice you can give them. Also, I'm pretty sure you'll find that playing tour guide around your favorite parts of Seoul will remind you exactly why you fell in love with this city in the first place.
|I mean, just LOOK AT IT!|