alone

Leave Me Alone


Oedong, Gimhae, 2 a.m.

I like going out alone at night. It’s quiet. And, there’s a much better chance of this happening than going out in the early morning. Because as much as I like that, too, I’m just not a morning person. I’ve somehow always found time for the night.

Even Korea, a dense slab of concrete and people, has its quiet moments. I imagine out in the country, a nighttime stroll on a pitch-black, streetlight-less road could be downright scary. In a good way. In that “we always think we know, even if deep down we don’t know, and that scares us, so we pretend we do know when really, we don’t. But right now, I really don’t know” sort of way.


Koh Samet: I wish you were here, or maybe not.

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I have no intention of making you jealous, but I have to inform you that I am writing this blog post from a beach chair 4 feet from the water on the small island of Koh Samet in Thailand. It is late afternoon and the beach area in front of my resort (My bungalow is $20 a night!) is starting to clear out for the day. I personally think dusk is the best part of a beach day. The sky’s color is spectacular, the sun isn’t as intense as it was a few hours prior and I can finally tell by looking at my skin that yes, I in fact did manage to tan and not burn after hours of frolicking in the surf.


The Simple Pleasures in Life…

One of the most important human capacities we enjoy is the ability to choose, and the older we get the more adept we get at choosing. I appreciate this more and more the longer I spend with other people, in both a good and bad way. Being able to choose what it is you want to do and when you want to do it makes life a little bit more enjoyable, and also livable. It’s what sets us apart and makes people interesting. I’m not going to be immature and suggest that we should try to do whatever we want, whenever we want, because that’s just not how the world works at all, but we can choose to go about doing things are own way to achieve our own level of satisfaction.


Question from a reader: finding birth parents and scared about traveling alone

A reader writes me in search of her birth parents (question edited for length):

 

Hi Chris,

I hope you are doing well. I found your blog through a google search (hope you don't think that's weird!) but I've always wanted to visit South Korea. I was adopted from Seoul and currently searching for my birth parents [...] But at the very least, I want to return to my home land and explore South Korea.


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