Most of you probably had ‘that friend’ that you remember from your childhood. Not much drama, care-free. I find that plenty of them move apart as we grow up with moving and how their personalities have changed. Today, I am going to tell you about some of my friends from Korea.
Before I go in too deep, there are some things you need to keep in mind about South Korea. South Korea is a very small country so cities like Seoul (where I lived) do not have much space to do activities in front of your house; the majority of the population live in apartments. Seoul is nothing like a countryside or a small town and it rarely has houses with a backyard. It has mainly tall buildings that are fitted closely together. Since I lived in an apartment, I did not have a backyard, so I usually played soccer at the playground, school field, or at a park.
As some of you might know, I love soccer. It all started when I was about seven years old. My parents knew how being active is important during childhood. So, my dad started teaching me basic soccer skills like passing, dribbling, and shooting.
One day, a family moved to the same apartment as us, so we became good neighbours. They had a son that is same age as I am so we played soccer together pretty much every day.
He is an extrovert and someone who is easy to talk to. One of the great things about having male friends is that there is not as much drama in the friendship as us girls have. When I was young, I had a bit of hard time hanging out with girls. After I found out how easy it was to hang out with boys (which is mostly playing sports), I was happier. Of course, I had girl friends, but I was so crazy about soccer that I spent more time playing soccer with boys.
One of the best memories I had with my male friend was when we played soccer in summer. We were so tired from the hot temperature (which was around 30°C) but still played for hours. I think it is also one of my craziest memory.
Now, since I do not want to leave you thinking that I just had male friends, I am going to tell you about one of my best friends who is a girl.
When I was about seven years old, a girl moved to Korea from China. I first met her in my kindergarten class. She was quiet, so I went to her and started talking. She was not good at speaking Korean, but I thought she was a great person, so we became close and hung out.
She is very funny and lightens up the mood around her, and opened up easily after we started being friends. She was almost like my long-lost best friend because we got close in such a short time. We became such good friends the moment we met.
One of the memories that stands out the most is when we had a day that we walked around our neighbourhood and went to the playground. We got to know each other better by talking together. Just having her by my side made me happy. “We didn’t realize we were making memories. We just knew we were having fun.”(unknown)
This makes me think about the present and how great it is, because this will all be memories that someday I will look back. I think we should think more about how good it is to be having this very second because we will look back at this moment someday, thinking about this time.