Explored on October 4, 2015
Yesterday, I went to the Hi Seoul Festival (a street art festival that went from October 1 – October 4), and WOW. The streets were not only packed with people but also with color!! The main road from City Hall to 경북궁/Kyungbookgoong was blocked for people to freely roam. Looking at the ground I walked on was relishing in itself. From drawings of rainbows to perfectly replicated illustrations of famous cartoons (like 뽀로로/Pororo the Little Penguin), the streets were so (x1000) lively! In addition to the chalk arts that adults and children alike could partake in for free, there were performances every few blocks. I was lucky enough to squeeze in to watch the DRFTRZ Bboy crew break it down! I don’t know how they spin so quickly, contort their bodies so easily, and jump like Michael Jordan, but they did. And the best part about their dancing was their facial expressions; their faces screamed happiness and passion. I hope I look like that when I’m doing the things I love!!
The whole time I was venturing through this festival, all I could think was how neat it all was. I got chills at the sight of overflowing passion, excitement, and artistic abilities. I love how this festival encouraged and celebrated the arts and the creativity – something I think people lose sight of sometimes. It’s so easy to get lost in the craze of wanting to succeed (get into a good university, find a stable job, earn money, etc.) and wanting to “be the best” that we forget to add color and passion into our lives. We forget to stop and think of the other things we can do once we set our minds to it. Not to say that getting into a good school, earning money, being the best aren’t important. But to remind us about the importance of having fun. Enjoying your life to the fullest. Taking time to follow your dream – no matter how small or big. One thing I’ve realized while being a student in this competitive world is that sometimes you’re too busy looking at others that you don’t stop and look at yourself.
I know this blog post wasn’t much about Korean culture, but it was definitely something I wanted to say. Go out and explore this world, but most importantly, explore yourself. You’ll be surprised to see how wonderful, Seoulful (hahaha, see what I did there?), and COLORFUL you are.