You’re Doing What?

There’s this one question people keep asking me. It could be because everything I’ve done for the last few years has been temporary by design, and the end date is almost always fast approaching. The question is: So what’s next for you?

It’s often met by a sort of stunned silence while I try to remember just what is next on the docket for me, and where whatever it is falls on the spectrum between pipe dream and actual plan.

So that’s what this page is for. The next few things on my agenda. What I’m planning to do in the next few weeks or months. What time zone I’m in, in case the person reading this is my mother and she wants to know whether or not I’ll be asleep when she calls me.

Current Adventure:

Events: Teaching English to Korean kids in Daejeon, South Korea.

Continent: Asia

Time Zone: Korea Standard Time (GMT +9)*

Next On The Docket:

Who knows? I have until February 2013 before I actually have to do something, and probably till November 2012 at the earliest before I have to start deciding what my next move is going to be.

But I’m incapable of shutting my brain down when it comes to cooking up plans, however realistic or ridiculous they might be.

So before I hear someone (Dad, I’m looking at you) complain that I need to have an idea of what I’m doing, I’ll say this right now. I don’t have an idea of what I’ll be doing. I have about sixty, with varying degrees of desirability and practicality. I’m thinking about it. I’m working on it.

When it gets to be decision time, well, let’s face it, I’ll probably still feel like it all sneaked** up on me far too fast, and I’m not ready for it, but that’s ok. I’m thinking about it, I promise. What I’m not doing is committing to any plan or course of action. Who knows what cool opportunity could pop up moments later? I don’t, but I’d sure like to find out.

*Fun fact: GMT +9 also includes Japan Standard Time, Eastern Indonesian Time, East Timor Time, and Irkutsk Standard Time. Yep, Irkutsk. That place on a Risk board that I’d never heard of and have a tough time pronouncing.

**Spell check tells me that “sneaked” is actually the correct past tense form of “sneak”, not “snuck”. Since I’m apparently an English teacher now, I guess I have to be on top of this. However, I am skeptical, since the same spell check keeps telling me I’m spelling “colour”, “favour”, and “neighbour”, among others, wrong. To say nothing of “metre”, “centre”, and “theatre”.


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