I recently met a man who says he never wants to grow up. I thought about what it meant to age. Does it mean thinking like an older person or the physical deprecation itself? Does it entail fear we become more "responsible" with more things that come with age like as jobs and family? Do… Continue reading The Peter Pan Syndrome
올해 상반기에 나는 미국에서의 15년이라는 세월을 정리하고 한국에 왔다. 한국에서 보낸 이번 한 해는 내 인생에서 정말 기억에 남는 일년이 될것 같다. 작년은 비교적 더욱 화려하고 성취감이 들었던 해였다면 올해는 여태껏 일을 쫒느라 미쳐 챙기지 못한 인생의 소중한 부분들을 재정비하는 해였다. 미국에서는 잘 보지 않았던 한국 드라마도 엄마 아빠와 저녁때 같이 보고, 할아버지와 산책도 다니고,… Continue reading What I am thankful for this Thanksgiving
올해 추석을 맞이해 양가 가족분들을 만났다. 너무 오랜만에 윷놀이도 하고 가족 이야기도 하고, 그리고 우리 귀여운 막둥이 조카 이야기도 한참 했다. 너무 힐링 되고 재미있었다. 언제부터 나는 내가 정말 편한 사람이 아니면 말이 많이 없어졌다. 사람의 표정은 0.2초의 짧은 순간동안 나타난다고 한다. 평상시 말을 할때 상대방 얼굴 표정을 읽고 그 사람의 감정을 읽으려고 노력을 많이… Continue reading 함께 있으면 마음이 편한 사람
This article is meant to be for my friends or 3-4 girls in early-mid twenties who sometimes chat with me on life, career, whatnots. A disclaimer I would throw out is that I don't have all the answers, and that it is prudent to gather advice from all angles. Here I have summarized main ones… Continue reading Busting the Myths of a “Good Life”
Today, I overheard a family arguing about a kid with autism on schooling options, making friends, and whatnots. There were a lot of stereotypes thrown around, and I felt a sudden urge to write a post. I could imagine this not being a standalone event. I'm no expert, but I did work with a student… Continue reading A Memoir on Autism
I, for one, need to take it less seriously. If I didn't feel like it wouldn't last, I often did not often even take a chance. Someone said this to me though, what if you get to miss out on the emotions we get to experience in the 20s? The thing is, I've always wanted… Continue reading Dating. How Do You Do It?
(Originally Written 1/25/2010) Unevenly cut hair and freckled faces were what I have become accustomed to volunteering at the Songjukwon Orphanage for girls in Seoul, Korea. While the general public tends to refer to these girls as simply “the orphans”, having gotten to know these girls as individuals, I am keenly aware that each girl… Continue reading Songjukwon Orphanage
(Originally Written 3/1/2013) Last winter break, I had dinner with my grandmother. She looked exuberant at the prospect of me attending college overseas. She leaned forward with a great smile stretched across her face. “So what are you good at?” What we do matters. It matters, because society is full of people that need things,… Continue reading Who are you going to be in the future?