Further to the changes to my goals, it struck me that I said nothing about learning Korean. I guess that is because I did not expect to get very far in studying Korean this year, but I have progressed. I had already had a few lessons at the beginner level of the program I have been following, and it was a review. I was not really practicing speaking yet, and therefore not improving at proficiency in conversational Korean. However, I am more proficient. Tonight I’ll have the last lesson of KDA’s Level Three course, in fact. Level Three got me out of the revolving door of endless grammar lessons at long last and allowed for some regular application of the language. We have been practicing question and answer patterns, but we have also have had open conversations based on the target questions and on the target topics. In daily life, I am gradually gaining more skills at communicating in Korean and making comments and more complex questions or explanations. Yes, so I can add that I wish to build on my Korean language skills in the next period. Since the course is ending and I am not likely to take level four until December, this goal would fit into the five-year plan.
While I am at it, I should also state that I wish to learn and fifth language. To make it easier on myself, it would be a European language. Italian would be easy at this point, and I have always hoped to learn some more German or Dutch. The goal of learning another language or two would suit the ten-year plan.
To recap my adjusted vision of my future, my goals for the next ten years are strengthening my financial base, acquiring long term housing in Canada, being in a loving partnership, being a full-time professional and properly published writer, knowing another language, volunteering on worthwhile causes abroad and in Canada, painting, and good health and fitness. The five-year goals are getting a writer’s grant for the first time, steady and challenging work with steady and extended income, improvement to my conversational Korean, visits to two new countries, a continued fitness regime, $70,000 more in savings, a start at a fifth language in three years’ time, a good volunteer project for retirement, finishing and at least three more completed books, concluding my career as a full-time English teacher, and moving out of Korea.
Of course, the “Year of Living Positively” project will provide me with a strategy for a positive life by 2015. Yes, I need to be writing more about working toward social change as part of the positive lifestyle, and starting to identify the strategy in clear terms.