In this blog, I write what I am feeling... (To the tune of something from Les Miz)
Alright, so bad musical theater spoofs aside, I want to talk about Tuesdays. I never liked them, since it always felt to me like by the time Monday was over enough had happened to warrant at least Wednesday, but now Tuesdays are officially the worst part of my week. Imagine being in the outside of an inside joke. Now, imagine that you work in an office and 90% of what everyone says is an inside joke which everyone understands other than you. Alright, that is what it is like where I work. I guess another thing I should point out here is that the things we learn in Korean class are amazing, helpful, and informative, but absolutely cannot aid me in the battle against "Things to say that make me sound productive and intelligent for weekly progress meetings". Essentially my confidence is the Titanic (I worked for a long time to get to this point of self- acceptance and love), and the Tuesday Meetings make up the ice burg. My heart goes out to people who immigrate to another place and then are expected to quickly become fully functioning members of society... Also, why is it that when I try to speak Korean in these meetings, everyone laughs, but when I try to say anything in English, no matter how simple and/ or funny I try to make it, I get the kind of looks the president of the United States probably receives when addressing his cabinet. I guess I know what it is like to stand before Judge Judy as well...
Also, I have some more cultural observations for you. I guess most of these are just not normal to me, even now.
1) People do not drink water until after they have finished eating. This seems odd to me considering how salty/ sweet/ hot/ spicy the food can be. These are the different options that will be present in what you eat in Korea. In fact, most foods will combine at least two of these. Anyway, I really like to eat, but I just tend to enjoy water or another beverage with my meal instead of following it. Additionally, people chug one cup of water after their meal right next to the filtered water thingy, maybe two cups if they are really feeling it that day. This whole concept of not really drinking water is just weird to me, and even as I try to follow cultural norms, I feel like I leave the office enough that I seem like a walking bladder... (!)
2) During the afore- mentioned meetings, it is acceptable to interrupt each other, text, and talk at the same time as someone else, even if that person is the boss...
I still feel like I have fallen down a rabbit hole every day. Is this what the professional/ adult world is like all across the globe?
Also, this is my last year of being a teenager, I want to stay youthful at least that long, someone help me, I don't want my heart to die when I grow up! (Breakfast Club reference)
AND I"M STILL NOT FUNNY HERE!!!!!!!! :(
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