As I sit here hundreds of thousands of miles away in South Korea streaming lived feed of Coachella 2014 I can’t help but feel nostalgic, which of course shoots me into memory lane as well as personal reflection. I can confidently say that without a doubt Coachella and EDM changed my life.
Two years ago I was 26 and attended my first Coachella. Why so late you may ask? Well if Backstreet Boys would have landed a spot at Coachella any year leading up to that year I would have been there. But they weren’t and I had since grow up- a lot- and progressed into better more evolved music (sorry Boys, you just are stuck in the past).
It was a time in my life where I had a job, one that for the most part I liked, I was living in Arizona- a place I never thought I’d be, but then again I owe most of my love of EDM to my Arizona friends. I was content with life, but I wasn’t fulfilled and worrying about the next step and the next big exciting thing was far off into the distance and I truly believed excitement was only for your college years.
In came Coachella 2012. It was the first time in a long time that I completely let my life be for one whole weekend and was fully present. Listening to the likes of David Guetta, Kasakade, Sebastian Ingrosso, Swedish House Mafia, Alesso and others tele-ported me back to my college days when I had my visions of what I wanted and dreamed my life to be like years later. (Maybe it was being near all those late teens and young twenty-somethings as well). I was completely and utterly happy with life and those around me.
However as it goes Coachella ends, you go back to your real life and well Coachella Depression hits you. For me it hit me hard and for many many months. It was so bad that it affected my work and my overall happiness. I wasn’t doing what I really wanted- yes I was helping students go around the world, but I didn’t want to tell people HOW to do I wanted to be the one booking my ticket to some unknown land and figuring out the ins and outs of that place (or places). I had looked a long time before and after Coachella for jobs that would let me work abroad with my skill set as well as pay off my student debt from college (that ugly elephant that I have to lug around in every life decision). I had seen Korea as an option, but after thinking about it I just didn’t know if I would want to live there a full year. Until that right moment came where I was at my lost and felt completely defeated and wondered if this was really it in my life. Going to break with a friend and coworker one hot Arizona day in 2012 she got in my car and said, “I’ve looked into teaching in Korea, the money is good and I can do anything for a year.” In that moment I was sold.
The rest is really history as I am sitting here writing this in my apartment after almost a full year of living and working abroad in Korea. The path before me is still unknown, but watching Coachella 2014 this year reminds me again that this is my life and I have all the power to make it what I want it to be.
To all the EDM acts that I watched at Coachella 2012 and the following year in 2013 as well as the acts this year that streamed through my computer- thank you. Thank you for being my yearly check-in and reminder that my dreams are my own and it’s my choice to live out all that I want out of life!!!
Okay so obesity hasn’t entirely hit Korea hard, yet. However, with my new influx of elementary turned middle school students I couldn’t help but notice that my classes of students seemed to be chubbier and had a love of fried chicken and pizza over their national dishes.
This makes ponder: “what will become of this naturally skinny nation once they all start conforming more to fast food, frozen dinners and convenience foods over their lean ancient ways of eating?”
I do believe that a lot of the reason why Asians are known for their skinny and slender shapes has a lot to do with diets. I feel that Americans (or the people we all have evolved from) were once this skinny as well. This is before we started making TV dinners, quick ways to consume snacks and other meals on the go and readily at our finger tips. Now, 2/3 of the United States is considered overweight or obese. Will this be the impending doom of South Korea and other nations that adopt more Western modern conveniences? Only time will tell, but I have a feeling that 10-20 years+ from now, the stick thin ideas of Asians that we have come to know (and some of us women envy) will be changing much like our waist lines in the good ol’ US of A!