K-drama leads have been our unofficial life coaches more times than one, and here’s everything we have learned from our beloved characters!
K-dramas are famously known for their romance, and swoon-worthy moments that’ll make you blush but believe it or not, K-dramas can also be a great source of uplifting life lessons that make each passing day better. These small nuggets of wisdom and practical life advice that we learn from our favorite K-drama leads can be applied in our day-to-day lives to see a much more positive outlook. Sometimes when I’ve been in a major slump or life just did not feel so great, I have seen myself turning to K-dramas for help and K-drama leads have been my motivation and strength to get up and give it my 100% numerous times. I mean, you expect these things from your family and friends but it’s a whole other feeling when fictional characters help you out regardless of the language barrier. They can be miles away from you in South Korea but with the warmth that they talk feels like they’re always with you and you can count on them blindly when you need some pep talk on life!
Over the past two years, there’s been a major significant change in K-dramas; characters have gone from being cliché to shattering stereotypes. K-drama leads have taught us everything from taking care of your mental health to standing right back up after falling to always communicating your feelings. There’s a reason why the Hallyu wave is taking over the world right now, and it’s this! It’s the K-drama leads giving us that soup for the soul feeling or the warmth that we wish to have in our lives.
So let’s go through all the precious life lessons that our K-drama leads have taught us so far!
Park Sae-Ro-Yi- Itaewon Class
Never give up! No matter how many difficult situations life throws at you. Just keep going and things will get better. Park Sae-Ro-Yi is the epitome of resilience. The death of his father, going to prison even though he never did anything wrong, and having to do hard labor after coming out is everything that he had to endure. But Park Sae-Ro-Yi’s perseverance is something that we can gain strength from.
Ko Moon-Young – It’s Okay To Not Be Okay
First of all the show’s name itself gives you so much comfort when it says ‘It’s Okay To Not Be Okay’. While that is the main moral of the show, Ko Moon Young tells us that just like happiness, sadness, or any other emotion, anger should be communicated as well. It’s okay to be angry but it’s more important to communicate that anger to your loved one instead of suppressing it inside you.
Hong Du-Sik – Hometown Cha Cha Cha
Hong Du Sik aka Chief Hong taught us that you never know what someone is going through silently so be kind to everyone. Allow yourself to grieve and give yourself all the time you need to do it.
Kim Bok-Joo – Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo
Kim Bok-Joo dominated the world of weightlifting which was considered to be a sport for men. Never let anyone stop you from reaching your goals or tell you what you can and cannot do! Also, not to forget that Kim Bok-Joo was also just a mere teenager who was tackling her love life. She felt like she needed to look more feminine or had to lose weight to get a boyfriend but the truth is the one who truly loves will accept you for all that you are and more!
Naa Hee-Do – Twenty Five Twenty One
Sometimes two people who are deeply in love can also have completely different perspectives of what they want from life. As two adults, it’s okay to part ways maturely if you’re no longer serving the purpose in each other’s lives that you once used to. Not every breakup has to be bitter and it’s absolutely normal to miss someone you once loved even if you were the one who broke up!
Lee Ik-Joon – Hospital Playlist
Ik-Joon is one of the most endearing K-drama leads you’ll ever come across. He teaches you to find happiness in the little things, keeping your sense of humor alive always, and making people smile. But most importantly the fact that true love can take a long long time but it’ll definitely be worth the wait! Finding the perfect time and the perfect moment is key!
Sung Deok-Mi – Her Private Life
You can have the best of both worlds if you have the perfect work-life balance! Sung Deok-Mi was a smart, intelligent art curator who was passionate about her job but that doesn’t mean she had to ever stop herself from being a die-hard K-Pop fan in her personal life. Allotting time for your hobbies is an essential part of life.
Kook Yeon-Su – Our Beloved Summer
Kook Yeon-Su had the tendency to push people away who loved her because she did not want to burden them with her problems. But it’s later that she realizes we shouldn’t take our loved ones for granted. Not everyone is lucky to have someone who loves them with all their heart so always value the ones who do and keep them close.
Chan Young and Joo Hee – Thirty Nine
Fulfill that bucket list, leave that toxic job and give the best you can for your parents while you have the time and energy. Chan Young and Joo Hee mirror what our lives could be at thirty-nine. It’s all about keeping your circle small and seizing the day together!
Yoon Seri – Crash Landing On You
Her life lesson is a bit more light-hearted than the others but nevertheless a pivotal one. Take time out for skincare! No matter how busy you get or where you’re stuck, there’s no reason good enough to skip your skincare routine. K-drama leads are a big example of having no guilt in pampering yourself!
We’re perpetually going to follow this rule book of life curated by our favorite K-drama leads! Let us know some of your favorite life lessons in the comments below!
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