Friday, June 27, 2008


I just realized that I have been in Korea for 1/3 of a year already. I can't believe it's been that long! I can't believe how much I've changed, either! I thought I should post some form of deep insight in honor of having come this far, so here is my conclusion that I have made over the past four months: Life is too short.

So, here's a piece of advice I'd like to throw out to the world. Borrow a page from my book (the current chapter). Get off your duff, stop dreaming, and start doing! For years I dreamed of living abroad, but I never had the nerve to do it. Then one day, I realized that just dreaming wasn't enough anymore. So I took the risk, and I did what I have always wanted to do. Just thinking about all I could have missed is a lesson to me. It may mean scraping my knees up a bit, but I intend to keep on taking risks as long for as I am able.

On an unrelated note, for those who were wondering, I'm getting my new puppy on Saturday. I couldn't be more excited!

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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"