19 days till I set foot back on U.S. soil!
Not sure how I feel about going back home, especially because it’s for a visit. Yes, I renewed my teaching contract at my school for another year — meaning that I will be living and working in Korea till August 2012. Wow, seriously, if you told me this would be my life 5 years ago… lordy. Now, I can’t imagine moving back home. Haha.
I’m definitely feeling blessed to be in a school where my teachers are so understanding and actually push for me to visit home to see my family, etc. They threw in an extra week and couple of days so I could stay in the states as long as possible. I do feel like their daughter in some ways because they really go out of their way to make sure I’m comfortable while also try to make things easy for me. Sometimes I feel bad that I don’t work enough and so I try to ask them to give me more things to do. The answer they give me is always that I’m doing just fine and then they tend to walk away. Uh, alright then? Haha, either way, feeling blessed.
Let’s see. Going home and coming back is probably going to be hard. I’m pretty sure I’m going to have a bit of an awkward time adjusting to everyone at home and their new lives. It might be the same people, but these people have all progressed together — I got to see them before I left and now I’m meeting them after they’ve slowly moved on after college. It is really hard to wrap my mind around it. I just hope that I remember to observe life back in GA and not intrude on what new life they’ve created.
Being between contracts is kinda off putting as well. Life in Korea is going to be so different as people leave and some people stay. That’s probably going to be the hardest part about living abroad — we all meet and form these great friendships that we know can’t last forever. Partly why making friends abroad takes on a completely different meaning. Although I am glad to say I have a handful of people that I have no doubt will be part of my life for a very long time.
Anyways, these are a few of my thoughts lately. The transition between contracts is just another mark in time where I will be thinking a lot about what has happened, what is happening, and what I want to happen in the future.