My bags are packed and all the things on my to-do list are crossed off. This can only mean one thing: I am ready to move to South Korea.
This past week, I went to Southern California for a family vacation. We visited Disneyland and Universal Studios because honestly, how could you not? Disneyland is the BEST.
Anyways, if you’ve ever gone to any of these theme parks, you might have noticed the rides they have. You can pretend a mummy is chasing you on the Mummy Ride. You can pretend you’re in a land far, far away and hang out with Yoda on a Star Wars ride. You can let dinosaurs chase you and Indiana Jones stop a giant rolling ball from crushing you. The wonderful thing about theme parks is that they spark a sense of adventure in us. They spark the adventure without the fear that something is actually going to happen to us (well for some people at least). Even if we’re screaming because a dinosaur pops up at us on the Jurassic Park ride, we know that it isn’t real. The dinosaur, just like all the other animals and characters on every other ride, is fake.
But real adventure is scary. It’s uncertain. It’s hard.
And ever since I decided to go to South Korea to teach English, I’ve seen the fear in people’s eyes that keeps them from living their own adventures. They talk about how they would love to do something like this but “I could never do that.” They talk about their dreams and how they wish they could have chased them when they were younger.
I never thought of Korea as something frightening. I just thought of it as something necessary for me to do in order to get out of my comfort zone.
I think most people like the comfort zone though. There is nothing terribly wrong with this. But when you’re only staying in it because of fear, maybe it’s time for change. Maybe it’s time to go on an adventure.
Adventure doesn’t have to mean moving abroad. It can mean opening your heart to love. It can mean applying for the job you always wanted or going back to school. Adventure is different for everyone.
Moving to South Korea has stressed me out so much this past week. There were days when I could barely even eat. But I don’t want to let fear keep me down. You don’t become brave by saying “no” to everything you want to do. You become brave by walking forward despite your fear.
And this is something I desperately wish for you: I hope that you don’t let fear stop you from living the life you desire.
Please be brave. And if you need a little motivation, you can always head over to Disneyland.
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7