This is a personal note to myself for later in the year, for those times that I may be feeling less chilled and free and beached out than I am now. If you wanna reclaim the chill you now feel, here’s what you have to do:
🙂 Spend less time thinking. “Stop thinking, and your problems disappear.” – Tao te Ching
🙂 Do one thing at a time. Fewer browser windows, less checking your phone (there probably isn’t a message anyway). This may open up a whole new problem: What Do I Do Now?! (panic!). Well, if you just focus on what needs to be done, you’ll achieve it with ease. If there really is nothing to be done, go down and play the piano.
🙂 Be sincere in your interactions with all these Korean people. They’re just people. Be yourself, start conversations and ask questions. This is a powerful tool for getting out of your head. You don’t have to be Mr Funny all the time. It can be exhausting, so just be.
🙂 Have a cup of tea, then start preparing a class or whatever.
🙂 What stresses you out? Interaction with uninterested students. Running out of material in class. Both of these things can be avoided. First, you’re in charge so they do what you say. Second, do more less talking and more rhythmic drills. They learn by rote. Make it easy for them, you’re not here to save the world, just do a decent job and make it as fun as possible for you. Take the edge off yourself and give it to them. This is the way.
🙂 Don’t teach English. Teach about whatever you’re interested in, in English. Violin, Guitar, Yoga, Sports, Spray-Art, Computer games, Board games, childhood things you’ve forgotten, your family, your friends, travel, tourist stuff in Seoul (Itaewon, Hongdae), Google Earth
🙂 Find a Jimjilbang. Go there during lunch breaks.