Through your book <Wooil Lee & Hyunkyung Sun’s Honeymoon Travels>, which is about your one-year-long honeymoon, you proposed a fresh new kind of life to people.
(S) When we decided to leave on our long honeymoon journey, our mindset was like, ‘We can’t afford to buy a house, so why don’t we go on a long trip instead? Things would turn out one way or the other once we come back.’ We don’t purposely deny to live a normal life. There are a lot of ways to live your life in this world and working for a company after graduating from college and living a so-called ‘standard’ life just wasn’t our thing. Our daughter Eunseo one day declared that she would voluntarily drop out of high school and take the qualification exams later for college and that was when we realized that our way of life had somehow given a gradual impact on her. We weren’t enthusiastic to raise her differently but I think we did sort of assist her in growing into this young woman who’s brave and decisive enough to lead and take responsibility of her very own life.
(L) We freed ourselves from all that stress that roots from endless competitions, by choosing to live on the other side of the mainstream. For instance, you work for a good company with a nice salary but then at the age of 50 you get fired all of a sudden—how would you start a new life then? But if you’re used to facing all sorts of circumstances and environments from a young age, you slowly learn how to react and cope with a lot of different situations.
But then usually there are problems you face financially when you live a life off the mainstream.
(L) Everytime I get asked with the same question, I always say that we’re lucky to be living like this. Majority of the people worry about their lives but I dare say that there’s probably only a handful of those who agonized about life as much as we did. Actually, it all sort of got numb because our worries have become old.
(S) We didn’t start on a rich foundation and this actually enabled us to set ourselves free from concrete worries of our uncertain future, because we were able to learn that life goes on in every possible ways. And life doesn’t work out exactly the way you plan anyway.