Thursday, June 7, 2012

인생역전: Turn your life around

There is a common saying in Korea: 인생역전 pronounced In-sang-yuk-jun. It literally means to turn your life around. The context I saw this was on the door of a newly opened restaurant. The owner had been featured on a television series for turning his life around from whatever he was to this awesome restaurant owner. (Like this one) Therefore you need to come in and try his food.

A lot of Korean advertisements appeal to emotions. Even anti-smoking ads draw on parents love for their kids: “your kids are watching”. Also, celebrities advertise everything here including vacuum cleaners.

Here’s what I think about turning your life around: Unless you are a major drughead or a compulsive liar or something, you probably don’t feel the need to “turn your life around”. Your life only probably needs minor adjustments that will make you happy. Like calling your friends more. Or squeezing in volunteering onto your weekends. Or eating more with your family.

Korean meals are typically eaten with rice, a hot soup/stew and a ton of side dishes, or banchan. We spent this week at our grandma’s house & she stuffs us alive with all our favorite dishes. I think we’re rearranging the dishes so everything fits on the table!

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And sometimes even minor changes need a trigger, like you turning 20 or quitting your job or something. It’s easier if you say, “this new me does not do X” or “always does Y”. Isn’t that why people love to make new year’s resolutions?

(This picture is from a hike my parents went on. I think it is near Gangneung- we used to go swimming in creeks like these and hide watermelons in the water so they’d get cold.)

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Gretchen Rubin writes in her Happiness Project blog: What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while. I am brainstorming ways to tweak my life some two or three degrees by incorporating minor changes into my everyday routine. I think now is the best time- it always is.

What minor life changes will make you happy?

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  1. The owner had been featured on a television series for turning his life around from whatever he was to this awesome restaurant owner. (Like this one) Therefore you need to come in and try his food. dental appointment

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