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2015년 분석

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December 31, 2015 | 10:23pm
Mood: thoughtful

2015 was an interesting year.

On an overall level, I was actually pretty happy. I have gone through some soul-searching and a depression or two, but I think it's safe to say that I've made it out all right. This is interesting when you compare 2015 (an objectively not-so-great year) to 2009, the latter half of 2010, and the absolute cesspit of a year that was 2012. I have to say, I'm happier than I've been in years, and I can just see 2016 being even better.

Grad school is both better and worse than I'd expected. That's all I have to say about that

My health (and general shitty luck this year) has been a big issue. My broken arm/surgery/recovery sort of defined the year. Jaundice, food poisoning, an allergy to an antibiotic (I still feel the effect to this day), getting hit by a car, and various colds have made this a stressful year. In spite of all of that, I'm still trucking. It kind of shows me that- well, attitude is 99%.

I've started exercising more than ever. My paranoia over a weight-gain as a result of not being able to exercise due to my arm troubles ended up with me walking on a regular basis. Then I got a Fitbit... and started going to the gym... And everything has just compounded.

I moved to Seoul and I'm living alone again. I went on a shit ton of dates that resulted in nothing and made a few (very few) new friends. Seoul was supposed to be this marvelous land of dating and a fabulous social life - hah. It's not much different from Jeonju or Gwangju, honestly.

I am lucky in that (most of) the people I was living with in Jeonju I now consider my best friends, and we remain close even in Seoul. There's also Bong, who has turned into my best Korean friend - after 6 years of living in Korea. Yikes.

My Korean level improved a lot, but not as much as I'd hoped/expected, to be honest. I did manage to eke out a 5 on the TOPIK, which was basically my goal for the year.

As far as regrets are concerned, I kind of wish I'd never broken my arm, and that I'd studied Korean regularly throughout the last semester, but life is all about challenges, right? Can't change the past.

I'll make a post in the morning describing my resolutions for 2016 and my 7th year in Korea.

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