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6 Things from 'Goblin' We Wish Were Real

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How do you get over an exceptional Korean drama? Maybe you resort to rewatching your favorite scenes, you mull about the characters' lives beyond the final episode, you think of how the story could've ended differently—until it comes to the point that your thoughts get the best of you. Suddenly, it hits you: What would it be like to live in that show's "reality?" We all know how fascinating the Goblin universe was, and while this might not really help you with your post-series depression, here are six things in this fantasy romance drama that would probably work IRL:

  1. Having four lifetimes

Humans having four lives is a recurring belief in the show. Wouldn't it be nice to spend another lifetime with the one you love? That is, if you've done good in your current life! Also, remember when warrior Kim Shin from the Joseon period has seen the distant future where people are using smartphones, which to him was pieces of "scrap metal." Who knows what's in store for us in the next few decades or so? And wouldn't you want to find out and experience it for yourself? 

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  1. Going to another place in an instant

The Goblin can satisfy his wanderlust without having to go to the airport or securing a passport, thanks to his teleportation powers. In one episode, he made it possible for Ji Eun Tak to go to Canada sans the paperwork in an instant, and be right back in Korea to try to catch her class.

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  1. Enjoying the other perks of the Goblin and the Grim Reaper in everyday life

Hand-chilled drinks and hand-warmed eggs? Convenient and quick enough for snacking in between study sessions. Launching into a fight across the dining table by messing up someone's meals or making things float in the air? Now that's an unforgettable meal. 

  1. Allowing emotions to affect the weather

In the series, cherry blossoms would bloom in the middle of winter just because the Goblin is bursting with happiness. And when sudden downpour occurs, you can bet he's feeling down. It's like letting the world feel what you feel without even having to utter a word. 

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  1. Summoning your guy anytime, anywhere

Eun Tak developed a fascination for lighting candles, only to put the flames out, upon realizing that she was able to summon Kim Shin wherever she was. This ability comes in handy when you're in danger… or when you just miss his face. Teehee. 

  1. Having an unlikely tandem to save you

Because these two can save your life while looking "super cool," as Eun Tak put it or "save" something as simple as your planned dish, so they go to the grocery for the missing ingredient and be effortlessly dashing while doing so. 

What do you like the most in the realm of Goblin?

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First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.

The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.

There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.

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If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.

And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.

Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.

Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”

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