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남자의 자격 – 김국진 강연 (내가 20년째 롤러코스터를 타고 있다)

난 고집 아주 센 여자다. ㅎㅎ
I wonder if that’s a bad thing or not. Previously, my Korean friend showed me this ep of a variety show on his com and I really really think it’s very inspirational. It was a speech given in Kyung Hee university and I forgot what programme it was, who gave the speech etc. Zero clue. I suddenly thought of the speech yesterday and I was adamant that I find the video clip online. Thus, I spent an hour or so googling and tada! I first found the person who gave the speech, then the show name, then the exact episode and then the video. My stubbornness refused to let me find the clip itself, I want the whole show. ^^ My hard work(?) paid off and I found both the whole episode and the clip~!

Enough blabbering.

Link to whole episode: HERE

김국진’s speech was particularly inspiring. Instead of giving advice or ‘preaching’, he shared his experiences humbly and this connected him to the audience.

Life is a roller coaster ride.

I’m sure this metaphor is very familiar to all of us. But I loved the twist he gave to it in the end.

여러분들 롤러코스터의 특징이 뭐냐하면 안전바가 있어요.

안전바가 확인이 안되면 출발을 시키지 않습니다.

알게 모르게 여러분에게는 안전바가 매어져 있습니다. 주저하지 마시고 콜러코스터를 즐기시기 바라겠어요.

아무리 넘어지면 넘어질수록 여러분들이 일어나서 뛰고 날을 수 있기 때문에 넘어지는 것도 두려위하지 마시고 자신있게 마음대로 가시기 바랍니다

awesome right? I can really relate to it. I used to think that most people will live life ‘normally’, with minor ups and downs but nothing major. This is how I envisioned a ‘normal life’. A major slump used to be unthinkable in my life and I always believed in the fact that I can control my life. 2008-2009 was a major major slump year for me and for a period of time, I really didn’t know how to cope with it. My life was pretty much shattered and I had to question my dreams, ideals, character, goals etc. I hated to look weak in front of others and I really hated how some people thought I was foolish etc etc. The image I usually gave to others crashed and I didn’t know how to answer to my own expectations too. That was my first major setback in life.

In retrospective, it wasn’t all that major or anything. (I sounded pretty bad in the last para ^^;;) But being right in the middle of that period is a different thing from retrospective. Till now, I don’t really like to talk about it (not all the details) but I felt that I did grow up from that episode. Using 김국진’s metaphor, I’ve endured that ‘내려가다’ period and I’m now on the upwards swing. I’m pretty much satisfied with my current life (: Sometimes I still have that jittery feeling, afraid that something will come and crash the peace and life that I’ve built up now. Paranoid I know. I’m trying to learn how to relax and enjoy life as it is.

For more quotes of his speech, click HERE and HERE.

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  • Reply
    3 February, 2011 at 3:48 AM

    I’m not a religious person so I’m not going to say god has a plan. But I tell myself something similar whenever I get into that ‘lost’ slump.

    We’re exactly where we’re meant to be at this time and even If things don’t seem bright, there’s something to learn here which we’ll only realise in the future when we look back.

    We’ll never reach a stage where we are ‘all grown up’. We are always growing ^^

    I’m almost 30 and still have no clue what to do with my life. I spent years in limbo stressing over it and basically had bouts of depression. It is true what they say, it’s not the destination that matters but the journey.

    Like in ‘Alice in wonderland’, it doesn’t matter where u go as long as you’re going somewhere . :p ok that was from secret garden lol. OT!

    • Reply
      3 February, 2011 at 10:05 AM

      i’m starting to see the wisdom and reason behind those words. ^^ I’m learning how to enjoy things as it is and to make the best use of my time. >,<

      • Reply
        3 February, 2011 at 5:15 PM

        Oh and 남자의 자격 is a pretty good show. I loved this episode as well.

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