So it looks like my time in Korea is being cut short thanks to the Navy. Sad, I know. I haven’t even been here a full year and I’m already about to be out the door. Sometime in December, I’ll be on my way to Norfolk, Virginia and I’ll be stationed on the USS Eisenhower which will be my final command before I get out the military in 2018.
I had a bit of a hard time accepting the news. Various things out of my control factored into the equation. At some point, I realized I was screaming into the void and ultimately resisting this cosmic current heading my way.
You would think my grasp on the Korean language would be mediocre by now, but that’s far from the truth. I know how to swear in a variety of ways and a few survivor terms, but that’s about it. Wish I could’ve had an extra year to expand my vocabulary and explore the culture.
It’s bittersweet mainly because I met a lot of cool people-local and foreign. Really started to settle in and a get a feel for the land. The theatre community is pretty dope and I met a lot of dynamic creative types who were pretty open and embracing. I managed to perform some poetic pieces at Southside Parlor so shoutout to them. Also, had a few creative collabs in the works. Plus, I was cast as a sexbot in a play, but had to drop out because my life was too complicated to commit.
Still, the memories I made were poppin. Even the soju-fueled nights of drunkeness, will be cherished. I’ll miss the tteokbokki, the matching couples, the sound of kakao waking me up in the middle of the night, the yellow dust, the masks, the foggy sunset, the sound of cicadas buzzing away, the fashion obsessed youth, the karaoke joints, etc.
Of course I don’t want to leave and even now I’m trying my best to soak up as much of Korea as I can. I’m enjoying my time left, but don’t worry, I’ll be back in due time.