New Year Greetings
When I was lurching out of bed after sleeping in, I realized today was the last day of 2015. This moment is raw, yet I’m getting used to it. In 1999, when there was a day left until the next year, I greeted the new year while jumping up and down on a bed. The year I was turning ten, the day passed with the thrill of turning into a teenager; the year I was turning twenty, the day passed with the foreignness of becoming officially an adult in Korea. Now, the new year is reducing to more or less a changing digit—I’m becoming more callous to it.
It feels bitter, but I don’t think becoming callous to the change is all bad. This means that I’m leading a stable life in which a year can be summarized easily, breaking out of eventful years. And the stability is yet to go out of style. In the even and orderly life, I’ve embarked on many new things: After long hesitation coming from lack of confidence and time, I started to translate Korean literature pieces. For the first time in five years, I started to practice poetry in Korean. I was introduced to many Koreans; because there were few Koreans at my schools in the past, every connection was valuable to me. I also got in touch with people who hadn’t been in touch for 6, 7 years. I got to explore a tiny bit of Buddhism, which still is a relatively new religion to me. I also learned more about my own neighbors, China and Japan. Overall, it was a stable yet dynamic year. So, at the end of the year, I can confidently say I passed 2015 in serenity and persistent enthusiasm. It was a year full of interesting challenges. And this makes me happy.
I’m hoping all the connections, curiosity, and projects that began this year will continue in 2016. I have big ambitions to start my career in a small scale next year, but foremost, I hope to gain humble fruits from my effort. I hope, 365 days later, I could plan for the coming year with excitement as I look into and study the passing year. Of course, health is important too.
Everyone who’s reading this, who’s not reading this, and who can’t read this—I hope you healthy and meaningful 2016.
At the end of 2015,