Anthony Bourdain was–and continues to be–an inspiration. I highly recommend his two memoirs, Kitchen Confidential and Medium Raw. I am going to miss the enthusiastic son of a bitch. I hope that he is out there exploring the greatest unknown there is and that he was able to find that missing piece of his soul.
But I think it’s time for us to stop talking about individuals and start talking about the oppressive social systems we live within and the harm they are doing to all of us. Nothing gets better if we don’t work to make it better.
My mental health is just fine. My rage, however, grows daily. We can’t let the bastards win.
The rains have come to South Korea, as typhoon season kicks off. But before they came I managed to get out to my old hometown of Hwasun for a quick visit. In this video I catalogue what has changed and what has stayed the same since the last time I was there–nearly two years ago.
First I’ll take you on a little stroll through Dolsan-eup and then I’ll have a nice chat about my last hospital visit.
Something I forgot to mention in the video is that IBS is normally triggered by psychological stress. When the doctor prescribed me a month’s worth of pills I asked if it was safe to drink alcohol while taking the medicine. He said that it was okay, but that beer was actually an aggravator for IBS, so it should be avoided.
Well that is just not fair Viewers. Ah well. I’ve made do with tea and meditation colouring books.
So when my pain went away in November, it was because I’d quit alcohol, NOT sugar! Who knew?
I am no stranger to Korean hospitals. But my previous visits have all been of the ‘I did something dumb and need it fixed’ variety. Going to the hospital for pain that I didn’t know the cause of was an entirely different experience. Luckily I had a great doctor and it turned out to be something very mundane and manageable.
Getting sick outside your home country sucks. It was a rollercoaster of uncertainty for a while there and I am grateful to the wonderful people who helped and supported me and I will never forget their kindness. I was really struggling and I would have drowned without them.
However I think the worst of it has passed and I am back to my energetic, optimistic self. Finding purpose in my new job, friends in my new city, and taking care of my mental and physical health have all contributed to my speedy recovery.
So if you feel like you’re drowning, take care of yourself and remember that you’re not alone.
Last weekend I said goodbye to Yeosu and made the journey to Seoul for a “Treat Yourself” weekend. There are always new and exciting food options to check out in the capital, so come along with me as I revel in poutine and cookies. Revel, I say! ^_^