By Kim Gun-woo (The Jujugugu Herald Prize)
Whenever I ask my friends what you did for your weekend, I’m surprised at what they answer. It’s because there are just 2 answers that are really boring.
One is that he or she stayed at home and did nothing except for watching TV. The other one is that they only studied all the day in their schools.
I understand why they always answer like that, but don’t understand why they don’t want to change that kind of boring life. You would tell me that you are so busy preparing for getting a job that you can’t enjoy your free time.
Let me tell you something. You don’t have to be worried about the future. What you have to think about is your present. I’m going to tell you my experience when I traveled in Australia. Actually I worked because I didn’t have enough money to stay there. I met one guy who was a primary school cleaner when I got the first job. I also stayed in his house. In exchange, I worked for him. As time passed, I got used to staying in his house and enjoyed working with him. However, I found something strange about his life style. He didn’t get paid much from the school, but he was spending all the money that he made. Whenever he went shopping, he spent lots of money that was nearly the same as what he earned.
I thought he was a shopping spree or crazy. One day, I asked him, “Why aren’t you saving any money in your bank account?” And then, he told me, “Do I have to? It’s a life! If I wanted to get more money, I would do a couple of jobs at the same time. But I don’t because I want to have free time and enjoy my life.”
I could realize what was the difference between that guy and me. I had been thinking about that over and over since then. I think we forgot how we enjoy our life. Some people might complain about the situation and culture in Korean society. Nevertheless, what I can tell you is “What have you done for your life?”
Culture is related to our life, and it is moving. It is not going to be here if you don’t do anything. As I said at first, you should see your present. You don’t know what’s going to happen even tomorrow.
I’m not asking you to be lazier than usual. Just find what you are interested in, what you are good at, and what you can do right now. I believe that is the first step we can take to make our culture diversified, although it is very simple.
“Why don’t you go fishing this weekend?”
Kim Gun-woo firstname.lastname@example.org
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