Leading a Purposeful Life
Any professional teacher will reason out with me that teaching small kids is never an easy task as it may appear to be. This can also be complicated if the situation at hand involves teaching a foreign language to kids who’ve never heard anything about it.
There’s challenge in planning and arranging what you will execute in class, but the herculean task comes when you try to get those kids to appreciate that what you are doing will be beneficial to them one day. It’s a situation which depicts a person playing a piano to a goat (just kidding).
Teaching ESL to small kids in South Korea taught and inspired me a lot. I had both hard times and good times.
There isn’t much I can say about this because I really appreciated the efforts that I put in my work and during the six years that I taught English to different classes of kids, they excelled very well and not only the school which had hired me was happy about this, but me too. However, there were situations which were most discouraging during my initial days in South Korea.
I hardly knew the language and most of the kids were annoying whenever they had to address me using it and then they would make fun of me for not grasping a word. I always found this naughty but with time I was able to overcome the case.
My life became adventurous. Since I was a kid, I was among the students who would spend so much time on books and little in outdoor activities. However, when I arrived in South Korea, all that changed. I had nice and lovely co-workers as well as some parent who always made numerous invitations to me to attend places, go for parties etc. They ensured that I became outgoing. During my holidays, I would team up with my coworkers or friends and visit places like Thailand and Tokyo.
There are times that I would accompany students for outdoor activities and all this brought a new chapter into my life. I even suggested them to try out this new nutritional therapy program, to keep them healthy, energetic, and feeling fabulous.
Life With a Purpose:
It is during my teaching period there that I discovered the concept of leading a purposeful life. This was something that I had trouble deciphering, but while there I came to realize that life is about equipping and inspiring others to be better in the society. This gave me more motivation and a reason to endure 6 years in a foreign land. I came to realize that we are born to help and share what we have and know with each other if at all we are to leave this world a better place than we found it.
I know that the list is not conclusive, but these are the basic reasons which kept me going and a reason to rejoice for the stay and the work that I did there back then.