I wished to have her photograph
Now I think I can understand the feeling of someone who feels they are different from the crowd. People see them with eyes that sucks. Not the eyes of a child who was curious about new objects in front of him, but more like the eyes of a prosecutor, full of suspicion and curiosity to interrogate. That’s what I often seen since I arrived in Korea 1.5 months ago.
One cool morning in Sillim, I went to the supermarket which is located in the traditional market area, closest to the inn. After buying everything I need for breakfast one week to go, I went home. When crossing the street close to the market entrance, I caught another annoying stares from a lady who was standing to my right, not far away and not near. In the position standing sideways and head slightly tilted to the right, strangely looked at me. I could always guess what was in the minds of people who do the same as that lady; “why she has to put a cloth to her head, covered her hair, ears up to his neck?” or “why did she cover her head in such a way?”
Aarrggh! I wish I could take a photo of her expression when she saw me before, and with the photo I will show her that she needs to train her soft skills.
It’s tiring being too concerned with looks and what others think about us which is basically not important at all. Usually I will just think that they know nothing about what I’m wearing because they never seen it before. But sometimes, I reached the limit of patience. Not just on the road, same thing happened when I was on the bus, on the subway and other public places. If only they did it without being caught by me, I don’t have to do something stupid like staring back at them much longer than they did.
Beyond that, I realized two things:
- Our grandma was true about what she once told me; They who had lived abroad, especially in countries with very different culture and economy, will be wiser in thought and action.
- In the context of community life, apparently living in a heterogeneous environment is more profitable and enjoyable, which actually is not as wide as the Earth God moringa leaf, which looks just the color green. Koreans should not be too proud of their homogeneous. The more you know what is beyond your thinking the Wiser you Become!