I found Mexico in Busan, South Korea!
I was having one of those days when you don't know what the heck you are doing with your life. You know? When you try to be superwoman...trying to save yourself but you ended crashing into a deep, deep pool of nothing. I am thankful that when I have lows in my life, God leads me to new people and opportunities. One day, I ran into a friend I hadn't seen in a while on campus who was tabling for study abroad.
"Man, I wish I could have studied abroad somewhere in Asia. Now it's too late."
"Oh, did you know you can still go after senior year?"
It's crazy how moments like these can change the course of your life. After looking at all the countries, Korea stood out. My GPA is fine, I thought, the timing isn't perfect but they have internships. I need that. Or at least I think I do. Looks fun...scary....not what I planned...ahhh~! Would it be worth it? Can I afford it? I have to decide soon because this is due next week...
I had a world map in my room and I kept staring at it that night. Korea. Korea. Korea. Why did I have to run into my friend today? Why does it feel like I'm supposed to go? And, like I usually do with decisions, I slept on it.
A couple days later, I woke up that morning and blurted out to my roommate, "I think I'm going to Korea."
And that, my friends, is how I came to Korea this summer.
Haha, just kidding. It took more work after that point. To be honest, I'm still not sure what my purpose is here. But then again, do we ever know our purpose in life completely?
I'm learning every day, some deep lessons, some that I've relearned. There are moments when I get homesick, or something reminds me of my trips to Mexico and I get all nostalgic. I'm learning to live outside my comfort zone. Also, my identity gets molded and transformed as I travel more. I am a Guatemalan-American and a part of my heart is in Mexico. And when I leave Korea, a part of my heart will be here too. Maybe I'll never find out why I am here...maybe deep inside my heart already knows. For now, I'll just continue to take it slow and steady...
peace & love,