this is not goodbye
this is not the end
this is good luck
Today’s a day that a lot of us have been dreading for a long time. Today, TOP begins his military service. There’s a lot of emotion going around at the moment as the prospect of no TOP for two years becomes reality.
But I am not sad. Sure I worry for his health and safety, but that’s a natural part of my anxious nature. Instead, I see this as a day of courage. TOP, like every able-bodied man in Korea, has a duty to his country to fulfil. It is a scary thing to face, not only for us but for him too. We’ve seen him lose weight and heard stories of his tears and it hurt my heart to have seen him like this.
We all have to face frightening things in our life. For example, I have an intense phobia of needles. Everything about them - the sharpness, the cold steel, the pain and invasion of my body - makes me want to run and hide and never face them. But I also know that vaccinations are vital to protecting not only my health but the health of others around me through herd immunity. So no matter how scared I am of needles, I still get them. Because it’s something that needs to be done.
See this time of TOP’s service as a vaccination. It’s important for him to do for his country and even though you may not want him to go away, it has to happen. And, like vaccinations, it’ll be over before you even know it.
TOP is a strong, loyal, capable man and even though it’s only the first day, I am already so proud of him. I hope he will serve well and stay healthy and happy throughout these next 2 years.
Good luck, Choi Seunghyun. <3