Korean, Personal, Proverbs/속담
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힘을 주는 속담

In the course of this month, I came to the sobering realization that 1) I’m unhappy and 2) I don’t know how to fix it.  My academic life took a sharp and painful turn in mid-February and things have been really up-and-down since.  Despite the infrequent posts on this blog, Korean has been a constant source of comfort, not to mention sanity, for me in the past month.  Not a single day goes by without my doing something related to Korean.

This is one of my favorite Korean proverbs, and one that I think about often these days.

하늘이 무너져도 솟아날 구멍이 있다.

Literally: “Even if the sky falls, there will be a hole from which you can escape.”  As Korean Wiki Project puts it, “There is still hope in even the most desperate of situations.”

(I suppose the English equivalent would be “Every cloud has a silver lining” but the Korean version is so much more poignant to me.  ‘Silver lining’ implies that something good comes out of every bad situation; I don’t know how true this is in reality, and certainly, I doubt anyone would start off feeling this way.  The Korean version just sounds so right to me.)

Anyway, I think about this proverb almost every single day and tell myself:  As long as I am a healthy, driven human being, I can pick myself back up from every fall.  Nothing is the end of the world.  I can start over.

I can’t say I’m 100% okay at this point, but I’m slowly learning to let go of unnecessary worries and stress.  Hopefully things will look up soon.

(P.S. I missed you all.  I promise haven’t disappeared entirely off the interwebs.  In the interim, I somehow managed to gain a few new readers, so a special warm welcome to them.)


  1. creativityjapanese says

    Not good with words, but just wanna say~ 頑張ってください. p^.^q


  2. Welcome back! I hope you will soon reach the point when things are more quiet and you see things progressing as nicely as you would like them to. Until then, keep your chin up and remember that you have already accomplished so much more than most people ever will.


  3. I’m in my own shithole (for the lack of a better term) at the moment too and Korean/Japanese has really been a source of comfort for me too. Not to mention a good and perhaps healthier way of escaping from reality hahaha. Somehow I also relate better to Korean proverbs. (: Hope you find your “hole” soon and hopefully there’ll be a silver lining too!


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