I have been dating my current girlfriend for 4.5 years and we have been living with each other for about 3 of those years. My life has been great with her and things have been going very well and we have always been talking about taking the next step. She is a very supportive person who motivates me and helps me out of my mental ruts whenever they come. She drove me to take a trip to Seoul to visit a friend of mine when I was between jobs and really down on myself. She tailors her life around me, and I do the same for her.
Last week we both decided it is time to finally get engaged and start with the rest of our lives. I'm not really into the whole "surprise with a ring" thing as there are complications that go into that. We went out and picked out an engagement ring together, the perfect ring for her at a good price that fits, just to avoid any future headaches with an unnecessarily expensive piece of jewelry. We are in the process of getting it resized so that it is just right for her. We decided to take a trip to celebrate and become "official", which we decided to go to Seoul!! She helped me go by myself last year, and now she wants to come see Korea and everything Seoul has to offer. She is not into video games or esports or anything, but being with me has shown her that there is a lot to see there and that the culture is amazing, so she motivated herself to make the long trek out with me.
So April 6th we will be flying out from NYC to Seoul for a 9 day trip, which will include meeting up with mutual friends we have over there for engagement parties and fun. The cherry blossoms are slated to bloom the same week we are there, so my plan is to get down on a knee and propose under the cherry blossoms either at the Yeouido Festival or at Gyeongbokgung Palace (one of my favorite places in Seoul). It's a once in a lifetime event that will be so emotional for me to go back to a place that I absolutely fell in love with with a girl that I fell in love with. The week will be filled with fun and exciting adventure, but also with some silly detours to PC Bangs and bars and karaoke.
10 years ago, getting engaged and going to Seoul seemed like an impossible dream for a poor-ish kid from Connecticut with a long history of family issues, depression, and anti-social behavior. But now I am happy and going back to SK with the girl of my dreams to celebrate with two of my best friends for a week of escapades.
Sorry to rant. Thanks for reading