Two weeks in…

Now that I am getting more settled in to my life here, I have more space to think about the future. And to miss home. Being here is a wonderful, wonderful gift, but the other day I realized that I’m really not open to staying here long term. In my heart I know my future is back in the US teaching piano. (The desire to get a doctorate faded after that first practice session – funny how fleeting feelings can be.)

It feels strange to let myself love this place, to know that Korea will always hold a special place in my heart but that I will ultimately leave it. The transience of life confuses me sometimes.

It’s been a long week. I feel physically exhausted, but also emotionally weary.

There is something particularly tiring about being alone in the midst of a crowd. In the halls of the music school, on the street, and on the crowded bus and subway, I am surrounded by people but completely anonymous. I literally rub up against people, but am barely noticed by them (which is why it made me happy when a guy whose Smoothie King cup bumped my face on the bus apologized to me, in English no less). I also miss having someone to come home to (I knew I would) – to all my former roomies: I miss you!

But when I am weak, He carries me.

I’ve been having a lot of interesting and encouraging conversations with people these past couple days, my journal entries in Korean are getting longer, which is exciting, and the first movement of my Beethoven Sonata is feeling pretty good – I will never stop loving music. But without Him, it would not be nearly enough.

I am ever comforted by this secret knowledge: He is jealous for me.

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Elizabeth is an American living in South Korea who believes in destiny, miracles, and living life intentionally. She holds to simple faith in a complex world, values the beauty of the everyday, and strives for vulnerability with other imperfect humans. She is always learning, laughing, and finding herself in awe of grace.

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