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Unnie Life Lessons: 3 Ways to Live a Colorful Life by Her Private Life

I’ll forever be a fan girl of this korean drama🙋🏻‍♀️ Once again, true love has prevailed over pettiness and past mistakes proving that we can get a picture perfect happy ending if we work for it. As Her Private Life showcased its last episode with flying colors, we’ll forever have an etch of this kdrama’s best and heartwarming moments.

Our titular fan girl (Played by Park Min Young) was a delight to watch here. And for Kim Jae Wook to play his first leading role in a romcom, he was very charismatic and of course, unbelievably handsome😂 I liked the flow of the story and how natural the love between Deok Mi and Ryan developed, although they could be in a “honeymoon” phase, how they supported and gave ample space and time for one another to deal with their respective problems is a trait that any couple can aspire to. I especially adored Ryan when he smiled and slyly observed Deok Mi with her fangirling ways, this is a man who is truly intrigued and interested with his potential partner’s interests.

I honestly didn’t want a childhood connection between Ryan and Deok Mi because this story didn’t need that kind of plot device to work. Them falling in love as 2 random adults who got to know each other is more epic for me because in today’s world, dating can be messy. The predicament that Deok Mi’s mom was actually the one who left Ryan for adoption did add more drama and depth to the show which lead to further character growth for the characters involved. But even if this wasn’t the case, the show would still be a masterpiece.

For a brief recap of Her Private Life, please check out my previous post to catch up.

Unnie Life Lessons

1. No matter how hard your day can get, you are still a living, breathing, dynamic human being. Your work, although to some extent describes you, it does not define who you are.

  • Deok Mi had a hard day at work and although she loves being a curator at an art gallery, the presence of bad days and unfair judgement never escapes work life. It’s easy to say these words but actually doing something about it is a very different and difficult matter but try.
  • This life lesson is not meant to mock art or any other profession but it’s no secret that we value our jobs as a standard of our worth. We can be a loyal and loving person who enjoys listening to music and exercise. We enjoy the company of our friends over coffee or hanging out at a party and still be diligent enough to budget and make the monthly rent — such aspects and characteristics are what make you a worthy person, regardless of work or life problems.
  • Let go of the worries and blames (if there are) and know that there is a next time for you to further improve and do better! You can’t beat yourself up on making a mistake at work or plunge into a “victim mentality” state of mind as both are unhealthy. Just like Deok Mi, believe in your worth and live a good life💫

2. Let your loved ones know you care about them whenever you can. Declare it in words, show it thru your actions, or a simple conversation is enough to show someone that they matter to you.

  • Deok Mi and Ryan were upset about a painting that was damaged and ended up in a storage center. She urged him that they shouldn’t end up like that and encouraged them to adore and take interest in each other.
  • We can show our loved ones that we care for them in many ways. One doesn’t need to be overly affectionate or use social media to declare their care (not that there’s anything wrong with this), but small everyday acts such as informing your parents about your plans or a question about your friend’s life eventually leading to a conversation is enough to show that their presence matters to you.
  • We can get caught up in our own turmoil & misery that sometimes we forget to think of others. Although there’s nothing wrong in taking care of ourselves first, remember that your family and friends are people you can lean on to for help or just have a random chat with. Take a breather and show someone their importance in your life; time is fleeting, don’t let the days take away your opportunity to be there for others.

3. Everyone has a unique perspective on things. A setback for someone can be seen as an opportunity for someone else, as a problem can be approached by anger/fear or compassion/calmness, there’s always a choice to look and act on things differently.

  • Just because we interpret events or circumstances in a distinct manner doesn’t mean that another person’s thoughts are wrong. Ryan viewed the paintings of bubbles above as sad and ready to burst at any moment but Deok Mi saw these as a symbol of hope that can fly up at the sky instead. We ought to respect how other people view things even if it is a grim or sadder approach, we don’t know the root of such thoughts but there must be a valid reason for their way of thinking. But personally, I think it’s okay to encourage people like them (If you are one yourself) to try and look at events in their lives with a more positive outlook. 
  • Positive doesn’t mean ignoring the emotions of hardships to focus on happier thoughts but rather trying our best to not stay in a place of fear and worry. Being sad is okay, it means that we are aware of the unpredictability of life and that not everything goes the way we want it to happen. Give them (or yourself) time to process their own emotions and even if you still don’t see things eye to eye, you are still unique individuals who respect each other’s thoughts and enjoy one another’s company. 

  • The life lesson above also applies to Ryan respecting Deok Mi’s fangirl devotion. He may not fully understand her passion for Cha Shi An (A kpop star who happens to be his stepbrother), but he never once let her feel humiliated or belittled because of this. We may not comprehend another person’s interests but we can learn to appreciate & respect these because our loved one’s admiration for it. 

*Bonus:

Deviating from our main couple, Her Private Life also highlighted the importance of forgiveness. I think Ryan tops the ranks for apologizing in this kdrama as he was never prideful to not say sorry when it was needed. I was surprised given how his character was set up to be high and mighty especially when it came to critiquing different artworks.

Saying sorry is a hard thing to do because you’re admitting to your mistakes but Ryan didn’t hesitate to say it. If he can forgive his real mom for years of abandonment and Deok Mi’s mom for giving him up for adoption, we certainly can learn a thing or two from him.

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Her Private Life has all the makings of a romantic comedy with great leads, an equally talented supporting cast, humorous scenes, heartfelt moments, and that hint of drama to spice up the story. Our lives are filled with different and contrasting colors: Some shine bright while others have little light, but when painted together, it emanates a beautiful and unique entity that makes you, YOU👩🏻‍🎨

Unnie Recommends: 3 Things to love about Angel’s Last Mission: Love

When tragedy strikes, do you rise to the occasion and live well amidst the adversity or do you dance your way further into darkness? Do you forsake the heavens for your misfortune or fight to have a good life still..? A tale of anguish, hope, and finding yourself again — there’s so many good things to say about this new korean drama: Angel’s Last Mission: Love.

Current Impression

Wow, just wow.. this kdrama got me shivering (literally) in the first few minutes of the opening scene. Ballerinas dance to the music of “Swan Lake” as a prima ballerina, Lee Seo Yeon, prepares to enter the stage. In what seems like a nightmare, she wakes up screaming as the last thing she sees before she wakes is a glass shard almost piercing her eye. We learn that it wasn’t just a dream, and our lead female protagonist is indeed blind.

  1. Get some tissues and prepare to have a good cry as this kdrama will surely bring out the water works in you! With a beautiful story, there are laced sad events and life altering changes that define a hero/heroine. Whether we admit it or not, we might find some solace or relate to their current state in life.

Shin Hye Sun’s character getting blind due to an accident and the aftermath of her coping with her condition is heartbreaking and at the same time admirable. Her acting skills here are amazing as well, I can’t imagine what it’s like to act like a blind person and have to frown and shout all the time as her role leaves her broken, miserable, and just spiteful toward anyone around her.

It’s been 3 years since the accident and her request for a cornea donation keeps getting cancelled at the last minute. Although she drowns herself in pain, she still exercises, is very sharp, and still loves to dance. She’s been through so much and although this doesn’t excuse her harsh behavior, I understand that her sadness and loneliness comes from a very dark place and everyone has a different way of dealing with their emotions.

2. Balancing out the heaviness is comedic moments that can relieve the darkness overshadowing our path to brighter days. The titular angel brings about fun and laughter to accompany your kdrama journey.

As much drama and teary eyed Lee Yeon Seo’s character can evoke, it’s the complete opposite for our angel, Kim Dan. He provides the light comedy with his wacky reactions and goofy expressions, it’s such a natural charisma for the actor (L) to be like this that I’m glad he got this role. His 2 previous kdramas were not the best fit for him so I’m happy to see him thrive on this one. His character talks to himself a lot and sometimes addresses God too in his scenes so expect to smirk or appreciate his portrayal as both an angel and human well.

He becomes a human when he is tasked with his final mission (before going to heaven) to help Lee Seo Yeon find love in 100 days. This is sort of a punishment for him because he meddled in life & death affairs by saving her from a car accident. He does sometimes interfere with everyday life by lending a helping hand to those who need it, be it humans or animals, but not to the point where he can save a life or harm anyone. When he meets Seo Yeon though, his patience and goodwill is tested to the limits as he finds out that getting her to fall in love is harder than he thought when he eventually works as her secretary.

3. You will learn at least 1 or 2 new life lessons. Accept this as a mission of watching this korean drama.

I’m already loving the facts of life our resident angel has been saying to Seo Yeon or to himself. It doesn’t mean that just because you haven’t experienced a serious tragedy that Angel’s Last Mission: Love isn’t for you, it might bring about new realizations and insights. As for people who might be going through something similar, though there might not be the presence of a guardian angel by your side helping you to resolve your problems, know that better days will come as long as you have the will to get better.

*Bonus:

Did I mention that the soundtrack is also very beautiful? Although it adds to the heaviness of the kdrama, the melody is melancholy but at the same time has an uplifting tone as well. I’ve been trying to research the title but haven’t found it yet but you’ll know what I’m talking about when you get to the scene on the bridge in episode 1.

We are often told that things happen for a reason. Not all events in our life will be good, there will always be painful and unexplainable moments where we’ll question what it means to even live. There’s nothing wrong in being sad or upset, embrace it even, but don’t let the darkness swallow you completely. Let’s never forget to sparkle and not give up the one and only precious life we are given✨