I debated talking about this until closer to the time but you know what? It’s on my mind 24/7 so I have to just let it out.
For a long while, my plans had been to renew my contract in March and stay for a 3rd year. That was what I told my friends, my family, my colleagues, my students, and anyone else who happened to ask.
I reasoned that by the end of this contract year, I’d have paid off all my credit card debt so why not stay for a 3rd year and get a nice amount of savings?
There was no reason to leave. I mean, I’m pretty settled into my nice big apartment; I know where all my local markets and supermarkets are, how to send presents home, how to connect my Korean and British bank accounts; I have a ton of school holidays and am paid a nice amount every month.
I’ve got a good thing going here.
So why have I spent the last 12 months obsessively checking ESL job listing sites?
I reasoned that it was just interesting to see what was out there for when I leave Korea. It was curiosity.
But then I began to apply for some, just to see what would happen.
I even interviewed for a few.
And, all the while, I told myself that I already had the better deal here. Nothing was ever going to come from them.
It was all just a cute game.
And then I was offered a job.
Something big. Something different. Something exciting.
In a city.
A city that had everything I’d been missing … like live music, theatre, subways, zumba classes, multiculturalism, REAL vegetarian food … just crazy hectic city life that I crave and long for.
And the job?
Teaching. But not ESL.