Money Can’t Buy Happiness?

  I think the two years I lived in Korea were the first (and perhaps only) time in my life when I felt financially secure. In the two years between my father's death, and my departure for Korea, I needed to help support my family. We lived paycheck to paycheck, and I have never tried … Continue reading Money Can’t Buy Happiness?

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Reality Hits: When the Elation of Returning Home Starts to Wear Off

I love to sing. I sang in choir when I was in high school. But I didn’t like being in my school’s choir. It was a rather notorious organisation – infamous for the fact that once one joined, one was unable to leave. It wasn’t until my final year at school that we were allowed – … Continue reading Reality Hits: When the Elation of Returning Home Starts to Wear Off

“Was it worth it?”:  of Value and Regret

Was it worth it? People don't ask this as often as they tell me that I've changed, but if I'm honest, I think this is a much more valuable and interesting question. It requires insight, and perspective that I might not have this early into my return home. It's also a question I've been considering … Continue reading “Was it worth it?”:  of Value and Regret

“You’ve Changed”: On Coming Home and Facing the Accusation of Change

You’ve changed. People are fond of telling me this – so fond of reminding me that Heather-of-five-plus-years-ago would not have said/done/thought/dressed as I do now. As an observation, this is a harmless sentiment. People change. I too have noted how my friends have become different from who they once were, and been surprised by who … Continue reading “You’ve Changed”: On Coming Home and Facing the Accusation of Change