Talk Talk, Two Weeks Inside Gimhae

There’s too much talk to what’s been said.
Let’s breathe a little longer.
Pause three beats instead of one.
If anyone complains, maybe they should try it.
Not enough beats? Maybe there’s more.
Four or a score, because the words from your vacuum
Are just so fucking poor, suck riches from the world,
Give no change at the door, only piss for the floor.
Your mind is gone.
That’s it.
It’s gone. Where is it?
Let’s put it back in the center of the situation.
Listen to the rain outside. It’s beautiful.
Your focus is unfocused.
It’s not bad. But, you’re going to make it worse if you worry.
Why worry? We’re not here for long.
Your biggest misfortune is someone’s miracle.
You’re fat and healthy and people love you.
So, let’s breathe a little longer.

A Lesson in Perseverance

In 2008 I was on the brink of getting married, and I was busy contemplating what to do afterwards. There were plenty of options, easy and less easy, but none painted in any way a clear picture of the future.

At the time I was working in a relatively big language school on the south side of Seoul and I was nearing the end of my third year. I didn’t have any teaching qualifications, but much like today I talked a good fight and fancied my chances regardless of what happened.

Of course marriage was going to change everything. There was the obvious and easier option and then there was the riskier and more exciting option that you don’t hear of many newly-weds taking, at least not in Korea anyway.

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