In order for this post to make sense I think that I’ll need to give you a bit of context. I spent all of 2015, and some of 2016, working in South Korea. It was an amazing experience, and one that changed me innately. South Korea was, and is, completely different to anywhere that I had been before. I distinctly remember being blinded by these bright lights my first night there. It was bitterly cold. There were all of these wires and cables running from one side of the road to the other. The signs were welcoming and often cartoon-like, almost childish. It was the opposite to the coldness of London that I’d grown up in.
Whilst I enjoyed living in, and exploring parts of South Korea, I hated working there. I ended up in one of these awful hagwons where I was overworked and paid late for ten out of the twelve months I lived there. There were times when our heating bill hadn’t been paid and we had no hot water in the cold months. In the hot months our air conditioniong made me ill because it hadn’t been cleaned properly. I loved teaching, don’t get me wrong, but the environment we worked in – not so good.
Half way through my time there, a friend of mine died. I hadn’t spoken to him in a long time. We’d met at university and most of my memories from that time include him. He was a big part of my life back then and we had this mutual understanding; we were both the same – bad at staying in contact – we got each other, and I still classed him as a good, close friend even though we’d not seen or spoken in a while. I still think about him often.
It was this unending misery (hating my work life and constantly being exhausted from it, alongside the pain of losing a friend) that led to me creating my 2016 bucket list. And here it is:
2. Go whale watching in Cornwall
Dive with sharks in Australia
Learn to play a musical instrument
Be a tourist in London
Go back to being Vegan
Reach my goal weight
9. Do the Harry Potter tour
Start a family recipe book
The list is made up of many different things. Some are personal goals, like reading more (which I was able to do – and still am) and returning back to Veganism, things that I’d like to do, like volunteering (Crisis at Christmas) and diving with sharks in Australia – amazing!! – and little sentimental things like the family recipe book.
I’m proud to say that I was able to do eight out of ten. The feeling that I got each time I crossed one of these things off of my list was so good that I decided to do it again for 2017!