Tuesday, January 29, 2008

One Thing I Am Not Going to Korea for

I have noticed that aside from pointing out things that they think I should be afraid of, the most popular comment people keep making is something along the lines of "you'll get an Asian husband/boyfriend while you're over there."

While I realize that people mean no harm in saying this, I feel I should make one thing perfectly clear:

I am NOT going to Korean to find a man.

I am an independent single woman, and I am enjoying my freedom and lack of "significant other." While much of the Christian community seems to think that a woman's goal in life ought to be to marry and produce offspring, I beg to differ. I do not want to be married right now, I do not want to date, and I do not want to "hook up." I am content being single. I like being able to come and go as I please. I like being able to pack up and move across the world. I like not having to worry about someone else's goals/desires contradicting my own.

I am not saying that I never want to marry. I very much want to have children someday. But I wish people would stop trying to plant me in some bygone era and realize that a single Christian woman is not necessarily looking for a man every place she goes.

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"