Really long time no see my friends!
This past weekend, I went to 여의도 한강공원 (Yeouido Hangang Park) with my good friend Ari. The day was gloomy, with gray skies but that didn’t stop the people of Seoul to congregate at a park near the river to exercise, ride a tandem bike (or segways) with their significant other, skateboard, or spend a Sunday afternoon with their family members. Although I have no significant other or a family to go with (at the moment), it was nice to get a breath of fresh air & people watch. It’s a beautiful park, with nice architecture and the perfect balance of the Wall Street-esque 여의도 and the nature of the Han River.
There is a bridge called 마포대교, which runs above the Han River, that has earned the nickname of “the bridge of life” after its makeover in September of 2012. It was one of the most notorious suicide spots in the country, and to prevent that, the guardrails were adorned with inspirational messages such as “the most shining moment of your life is yet to come” or “your worries will feel like nothing in even one year” or “a difficult moment will pass just like the river below” to prevent suicides off the bridge. Walking along the bridge was heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time. My heart breaks for the people who are so frustrated with their lives that they resort to suicide. It’s never the answer, and I hope that more projects like the Bridge of Life pay attention and give strength to those who are hurting.
밥은 먹었어? Have you eaten? / 잘 지내지? How have you been? /오늘 하루 어땟어? How has your day been?
이제, 자신을 돌아보는 시간 – Now, a time to look back at yourself