5 Signs That It’s Time To Leave Korea
1. You’re Just Not As Happy Anymore
So you’ve lived in Korea for a year, maybe six or even ten. You look back on what you’ve accomplished in your time and feel proud and happy to have experienced them. But then you take a look at your current emotional condition and realise that being here just doesn’t make you happy anymore. The things that used to, no longer bring you joy and you don’t think that they ever will again.
2. You Go To All The Same Places
So you find yourself visiting the same shops, bars, districts and events but wonder why you still go to them even though they aren’t fun anymore. It can be hard breaking old habits but sometimes it’s necessary. If you don’t want to leave Korea and this is a problem you’re facing then maybe you should look into new events, new areas and just new things to do in general. Some change can breed a lot of difference in a person’s life, be it people or places. Maybe you just need that change.
3. You’ve Lost Motivation In Life
Motivation is a powerful tool and once lost can spark a downward spiral of unproductiveness. It can be the motivation to get out of bed on the weekends or the motivation to build a career, a family or even working out. Whatever it is, you need to it back if you’re going to want to continue this journey. I find that watching people who inspire me or reading an amazing book motivates me to want more from life. It gives me the motivation to get up in the morning and think of how I can better my world.
4. Job Satisfaction Is At An All Time Low
This can be a tricky one. At one point in everyone’s life they are going to find that they are not satisfied with their work, career or however they bring in the bacon. That is perfectly normal and human. However, if you find that there are endless downs and very few ups with your job then maybe it’s not the right one for you. In all honesty your working life is usually a choice. Some people choose to do a job they’re good at but hate in order to build a life for themselves and their family. It’s a sacrifice that has to be made in some cases if that’s what you desire. But in other cases people stay in jobs they no longer enjoy out of comfort and stability. This can happen sometimes when teaching in Korea. If you’re bored and unsatisfied but want to stay then looking for a new position might be in order.
5. The Idea Of Moving Excites You Beyond Belief
A new opportunity has popped up for you to move to another country and your first instinct is “Hell yeah!” This isn’t necessarily a surefire sign as you need to think it over, weigh up the pros and cons. But it tells you something about yourself. It shows that deep down you’ve been wanting to embark on a new adventure but haven’t yet admitted it. Be honest with yourself. No one is going to live your life but you. You can choose to live life to the fullest or let fear paralyse you. Which will it be?
I’ve decided that it’s time for me to move on. I have loved my life in Korea but every journey must come to an end. This year I decided that it would be my last year teaching in Korea. It has been an invaluable experience that has helped me shape who I am now. I’m so proud of what I’ve achieved and all the people I met along the way. But for me, continuing to love Korea is more important; sometimes you have to leave something in order to protect it. I don’t want to grow to dislike this country that has been so good to me, as I’m sure I would over time. I will be back in Korea one day for some reason or another. Of that I’m sure. But for now it’s time for a new journey.
Where To Now
I’m going to be travelling around Canada this August and I will be documenting and blogging that experience. I plan to stay in Vancouver for awhile after that too. I’m so excited to be going somewhere new and seeing new things! I’ll most definitely miss Korea because without it I would not have found what I have now.
I’m creating a new channel as I’ll be leaving Seoul and it only seems right. But Smiling Seoul will still be up and running and I’ll continue making videos, vlogging and posting on this blog.
I guess this blog post is for those of you struggling with the decision. I hope it helps you make the one that’s right for you. Be it staying in this awesome funfilled country or journeying to a new unknown!