Home is where peace is

I’ve never had my own home. Yes, I’ve lived at home with my parents, or in a house with other people while in university, but I’ve never gone out and picked out my own place to live. 

Right now my apartment was chosen by the school that I work for. It’s decent, but small. About the size of a single dorm room I’d say. It doesn’t have much in it, but it works for me.

I always love the saying that home is where the heart is. Home for me is rather where peace is. While I may not have picked this apartment, or anything in it, or pay the rent on it, I feel more at peace here than I did living at my parent’s house in 2015. I really don’t need to have a place that is technically my own – I have a place where I can feel at peace in my situation and my life, which I think might be a better option.

This is kind of a newish picture. Mornings are amazing in my apartment. With these huge windows, the morning sun shines in and pretty much blinds me every day. But it’s a fantastic place for a nice morning salutation on my yoga mat, while listening to the kids on the street head off to school.

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8 thoughts on “Home is where peace is

  1. Nice pic. My first apartment (my own space that wasn’t a dorm room I shared with friends or my parents’ house when I lived with them) was in Korea, too–an apartment that the school I was working for provided for me. I thought it so strange when I was moving there that my very first “home” was going to be in Korea. That was about eleven years ago. I loved that little apartment I had back then.

    Thanks for sharing your adventure.

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  2. Reminds me of some of my places in Japan; the smallest being a tiny six-mat room overlooking the rooftops of the surrounding houses. There was a beautiful garden next door that was so close it felt as though it were mine. (I taught there 14 years, starting as an Assistant Language Teacher – straight out of uni… and ended up getting a MA in TESOL and teaching as various universities there.) I absolutely loved it. Enjoy your time in Korea. And keep writing! 🙂

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      • Hehe… 6 mat = the number of tatami mats in the room. They’re about 1 meter by 2 meters… so a six mat room is really small! Luckily, there were lots of cupboards to store things in, so I just converted the “living room” into a “bedroom” at night by moving the furniture around. Over the years, I lived bigger places, but I always appreciated minimalist furnishings. I’m still having trouble coping with western furniture … 🙂

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