It's amazing how much has changed in that six months.
- It had been less than a week since I'd buried my mother.
- I was arriving in Asia (and Korea) for the first time. A place I'd only ever learned about from second-hand accounts.
- I was moving away from home to live on my own for the first time.
- I had everything I wanted/needed from Florida in two suitcases, a backpack, and my laptop bag.
- I was going to a place where I knew nobody. In many ways I was entirely alone, despite technology.
- I miss my mother, but I can finally think about her without it hurting.
- Asia (and Korea) no longer feels like a foreign land.
- I've found that I can live on my own quite well, though it does present difficulties sometimes.
- I now own more than would fit in those bags, but most of the extra things I wouldn't need outside of Korea.
- Now I know quite a few amazing people here. I have amazing co-workers, a couple good friends, and an awesome boyfriend. I feel even farther from being alone than I did back in Niceville.
When I arrived here I knew I was embarking on an adventure and opening to a new chapter in my life. I didn't know what to expect and so every second left me breathless with anticipation and surprise.
Now, things have settled down, but I still feel that wonder and amazement.
Just last weekend I went to Seoul again and as I walked through Itaewon with MY it started snowing, in March.
It was beautiful, awesome, romantic, and unforgettable.
Moments like that just make me so glad to be here.
Sure, I miss my family. I miss just popping in at my dad's or grandparent's and just chatting for a little while. Or stopping by Uncle Jerry's shop to say hi. Or going out to grab lunch or go shopping with my sister.
Despite all of that I know that I'll see them again and that even though it won't be the same, we're family, I love them, and I know we'll always be there for each other.
I also miss Florida a little. I miss those beautiful early spring days when the weather is so perfect. Or the sight, sound, and smell of the beach. I miss driving across the Mid-Bay Bridge and seeing a world of water spread out around me.
Yet I know that if I left Korea I'd miss the rocky beaches, the gorgeous mountains, and the beautiful days like today. Today the sun is shining, a soft breeze is blowing, and it's a perfect 66 F in the sunshine.
So, I've given up a lot of things to be here, but I don't regret it, because what I've gained has been so wonderful.
I can quite easily say that after six months of living here I don't regret my decision to move here. Living here has had its ups and its downs, but so did living in Niceville.
Also - A happy half-birthday to Apple Jack and SK.