k-dramas

THE SHARING CORNER #002: WHAT K-DRAMAS MEAN TO ME, PART II

All I know since yesterday is everything has changed.

Much like the line in Taylor Swift’s popular song, our lives have a tendency to change course when we’re least expecting it. In the 3 years and 7 months since I first started watching dramas, I’ve been taken on the journey of a lifetime. Many things in my life has changed since then. Since I value all of you and your dedication to my blog, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to re-evaluate my current stance on k-dramas and provide some backstory about myself.

If you’re curious, please click on the link below to read on.

When I started my k-drama journey, it was purely boredom from the normal American shows that led me to trying something different. At the time in my life, TV shows were primarily a form of escapism. I used to create fan videos and I was very active in some of my favorite fandoms (The Vampire Diaries and Teen Wolf being the most prominent).

As my boredom grew, so did my desire to make some changes in my life. Through that desire, I discovered the beauty of k-dramas. Most of you who have been following my blog know the story of how I discovered Asian dramas, but for those of you that haven’t, you can refer to my about page. I promise it’s not that thrilling or mysterious, but it was a pivotal moment in my life.

The meaning and significance of k-dramas have changed drastically from my early days, and I felt like it was the perfect time to start conversations and engage those of you who are still following my blog after all of this time. (Really, with my crazy life and lack of posting and reviewing, it makes me feel blessed how many of you still stick around.)

No longer are k-dramas my escape from reality. K-dramas have tapped into my dormant love for culture. I’m trying to learn Korean, cook Korean dishes, and learn more about South Korean history. I have to admit, before I started my k-drama journey, I had little knowledge of South Korea. And now I’m trying to learn and absorb all that can. It also re-stoked my love for blogging. Although I’ve had a lot of technical issues blogging to my heart’s content this year (computer issues, bad internet), my love for blogging hasn’t changed.

As a little backstory, I started my first k-drama in April of 2014. That same year, in November, I finally caught a lucky break by securing a position at a great job. Good pay! Awesome benefits! A great atmosphere with a family-oriented feel! This was remarkable for me as the economic downturn crippled my small town. If I was lucky, I’d score some part time work or seasonal work. It never lasted long. But thanks to this position, my shattered confidence started to rebuild.

My temporary position turned into a permanent position by the end of January 2015. Hooray! November marked my third year anniversary, which is a huge accomplishment for me as I’m very shy and reserved. And while things have continued to change in my life, I’m learning to welcome the challenge. I even made big strides to improve my credit score. In six months, I’ve managed to raise it over 100 points. As I continue to tackle real-life obstacles, this means I’m freeing time to, hopefully, blog consistently again. And I’ve got my anxiety back until control, so I don’t have to worry about that haunting me at every turn.

Although, maintaining this blog has been my most difficult challenge and I’m certainly faltered a bit. Also, I haven’t watched nearly as many dramas as I have in previous years. I’ve been mostly unimpressed with the offerings this year, so I’ve been very choosy about what I watch. Timing and mood are a huge factor, so now that I’m back on track, stay tuned! I have lots of posts started and I will likely get to talk about Because This Is My First Life!

So, what about you, readers? How have k-dramas changed your life? What do they mean to you? And like me, has their meaning changed and deepened over the years? Have you forged new friendships? Have you incorporated the Korean culture into your lifestyle?

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2 comments

  1. This is a nice post. I can totally relate, but i also like how starting kdrama also had a relative impact in your real life (getting a new job) so it made more sense to have an emotional connection to kdramas.

    As for me, after my inital addiction (hehe) as an freshmen which carried me all the way towarda graduation ( i did not know how i got good GPAs😂😂). I started using kdrama to practice my writing skills and calm my nerves. After graduation, i couldnt find immediate employment in a specific career line i reallt wanted which lead to me feel sad and down everyday for months….so i wasnt watching kdrama and doing usual stuff. One day, i left the house and started driving for no reason, then i stopped at a mall plaza and walked around. Saw a pawn shop, got a refurbished laptop, went home started watching kreality show: ‘roommates.” After I watched one episode, I started writing. I did have a food blog while in college, so i just started another blog page and boom. At that moment, i felt purposeful and i just kept on writing and watching.

    For me at first, kdrama was meant to be a form of escapism, but it turned out to be something more….writing what i liked and just enjoying it as well. Cuz of my school, my blog is in and out now, but on my off times, i write like there is no stopping me 😂😂

    1. Thank you so much for sharing your story! I enjoy reading how k-dramas have impacted our lives. Sometimes good and sometimes bad. Mostly bad when we binge watch dramas/reality shows well into the night even when we know we have to be up early the next day. I’ve gone into work so many days with under 4 hours of sleep. Not my best judgement, but when a drama is good, it’s good. 😂

      I will be sure to check out your blog as well. I’ve been super overwhelmed at work lately, but I’m hoping to catch up on reading blogs, watching dramas, and start blogging a little more regularly myself. Fingers crossed!

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