Reflections On Two Years Abroad

So, let’s face it. I’ve been a bit shit at posting on here recently. For all you know, I could have spontaneously combusted. Luckily, I didn’t – I’ve been mostly fine. Largely, I have been preparing to jet off to colder climes (Canada, for anyone who somehow doesn’t know). And you know what – this has got me thinking about living abroad in many different ways.

In my opinion, a lot of people who start travelling do so because they are a little…broken. Not in a bad way, but something has happened to make their brain think “You know…we should give up everything we’ve ever known, go somewhere completely new and see how that works out”. I know for me this was certainly the case. I was dealing with some pretty bad mental health issues and I think that was (a part) of the reason that I came to Korea. An attempt to get away from it all. It didn’t work, of course. How can you outrun yourself? But I have learnt some other important things living abroad.

It is a given that, for most of us travelling, life abroad isn’t a ‘forever’ sort of thing. Eventually, we’ll return to our homes, settle down and do the whole life thing that everyone else seems to be into these days. But when you are here, you build up a life for yourself. You have favourite places, a group of friends and generally everything you would have back home. But when you leave, you begin to realise that it is all just temporary. That group of people will never be in the same place together again. It is geographically impractical, if nothing else. And that really sucks. I have built up a fantastic group of friends here and I am saddened by the fact that it will be so difficult to see them again as soon as I get on that plane. I’m never going to walk the streets of Korea again, nor go to my favourite restaurants here. And that is really hard to deal with sometimes. To all my friends who read this – I am going to miss you guys. You’ve made the past two years unforgettable. So thank you.

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Sorry for such a short post. But this is something that has been on my mind a lot recently.

Ricky

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