Happy Thursday Y'all!
I hope your week is chugging on by like mine is. The weekend is in sight, and I could not be any happier. In just 9 days, Matt and I will be heading off on our adventure to Mongolia. Woohoo!
Speaking of adventures- today I wanted to talk about embracing your own adventures and enjoying life.
It is no secret that Matt and I are having the adventure of a lifetime here in Korea. We have been able to experience the expat life. We fell in love with Korean BBQ. Received stamps in our passports. Rode in tuktuks. Climbed around ancient temples. Learned traditional Khmer food. Cruised the Ha Long Bay. Found a perfect branch to attend on Sundays. Met the wonderful Schmitt Family. Saw Mickey Mouse at Tokyo Disney. Felt the sand beneath our toes in Busan. And much much more.
All these adventures and yet… I still feel like it's not enough. I read blogs of wanderers in New Zealand visiting Hobitton and seeing beautiful stars. I see people visiting Greece and their wonderful pictures of Santorini. I see people back home buying their first homes. Having babies. Finishing Master programs. I read blogs about expats living in Europe and I can't help but feel jealous.
I want to be finishing school. Traveling Europe. Teaching for the DOD. Road-tripping around the US in an RV. Having a cute apartment to decorate. Visiting New Zealand on a long holiday. Spending Christmas with my family.
Really- I just want it all, and I want it all right now.
A few months ago, I found this print from Pen & Paint that was the perfect reminder.
"Comparison is the thief of joy." -Theodore Roosevelt
I think the grass is greener mentality is common for everyone, but it's hard to deal with sometimes. I bought this print as a reminder to stop comparing my life to others and just enjoy life.
Being in Korea is an amazing adventure, and I know when I'm back in the states- I'm going to want to be reliving my Korea days. I know that one day the bucket list items will get checked off. I just have to be patient. And more importantly- I need to enjoy life now. Try to soak in the present day.
And that's where I'm at right now. Trying not to compare myself to others. Trying to enjoy my final months in Korea. Trying to be patient. But to be honest- everyday is a struggle.
Please tell me I'm not the only one that struggles with this. How do you focus on the present?
Happy Almost Weekend Y'all!
PS- I encourage all of you to check out Lindsay from Pen & Paint.