I really should be packing right now, so I’m going to keep this short and sweet.
I was finally able to apply for my work visa last Friday, which means I’ll be getting it either tomorrow or Wednesday, which means I can finally buy my plane ticket, which means I can finally be on my way to South Korea this Friday!
Even though I’ve been working on getting this job since January, it still feels like things are moving so fast all of a sudden. Maybe it’s because every step I take in order to get closer to moving, the more the reality of it all starts to sink in: applying for my work visa, making farewell visits in the Bay Area this past weekend, reserving a storage unit, purchasing luggage and boxes, etc. For the past two and a half months, it’s been, “I’m applying for a job in South Korea!” Now it’s, “OH MY GOD. I’M MOVING TO SOUTH KOREA IN FOUR DAYS.”
Aside from the reality sinking in, I’m feeling a lot of different emotions about this upcoming experience. I’m scared: I’m going from living in a city I’ve lived in all my life to a country that I’ve never even visited before. I’m nervous: I’m going from a part-time restaurant job to a full-time teaching job. What’s even more nerve-wracking is I have no idea what I’m going to teach yet. I’m really scared and nervous, but most of all, I’m excited: This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now, and I’m actually making it happen. I’m so excited to grow and travel and learn and live! I’m excited to do something worthwhile with my life that I will look back on when I’m 70 and say, “That was an amazing experience and I’m glad I had the guts to do it.” So, regardless of the current stress and second-guesses, I’m really glad I’m doing this. I know it’s going to be a really rough transition at first, but I also know that it will all be worth it in the end.