The past few months haven’t been easy. Much of the chaos could be accounted to the new changes in our lives. Given a choice, I will try to avoid change and probably run miles away. And this I find it hard to understand. I’m someone who gets bored easily and needs to do something new constantly. I’d hate to write the same post everyday or eat the same meal – more than twice. That should make me open to new possibilities. I’m not sure why ‘fear‘ gets in the way.
We complete two weeks in Seoul, today. Two weeks back, at this time, we were lugging our suitcases across the subway, and doing the delicate balancing act on the escalator. But, the minute we set our eyes on the first few blossoms, we knew it was worth it. Our timing couldn’t have been better. We had made it for the narrow window, in which, nature puts up her best show. And guess what? We had front row seats.
Before our trip, I was plagued with countless uncertainties. On our last trip, while Basil went for work, I found the isolation to be overwhelming. I’m not one who likes to talk (I can see Basil smile and shake his head in disbelief) and yet, there were times, I’d want to stop a random stranger and start a conversation. And reading the works of Jhumpa Lahiri, Khaled Hosseini, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wasn’t a very idea. I guess, the best way to get over alienation is to join the crowd and stop thinking you’re different. The stares will eventually melt away.
This time, I didn’t want to repeat the mistakes of the past. I got in touch with old friends, registered in a volunteer programme for expats, and kept writing in this space. On her part, nature kept her show on. She was everywhere — donning her spring collection. Down the road, in the local park, and our favourite hangout in Seoul — along the Han; it was blooming blossoms. I don’t believe in fairies or neverland; strangely there was little keeping me from doing so now. And believe me, nothing can weigh you down, when you look up at those gorgeous shades of pink — trying to compete with the big blue sky.
Sadly, all good things have to come to an end. The blooms have faded, giving way to fresh sprouts of green. Basil pondered, how in their death lies their true glory. It’s time to get back to the real world. Summer is almost here and we’d have to return to crossing signals and taking subways.
Thank you, Christina, for inviting me to participate in the Seven Day Nature Challenge. I truly enjoyed the journey!
This will be my last post in this series. As you might have rightly guessed, it’s time to write about Seoul. We still have couple of weeks left and I hope I can stick to three posts per week. I’m in a different time zone and I might probably miss posts that I regularly follow. We’d like to thank you for your likes and comments. It keeps us going and means a lot to us.