The Reason Why



Some people live searching for the meaning of life; the reason behind their existence. However, there are thing that cannot be easily explained. There are things that cannot be easily found the reason behind them. There are things that cannot be easily described or defined. And people say that love is one of those unexplainable things. We cannot really figure out why we fall in love with certain person. We cannot really describe how we get to love and care for someone deeply and sincerely. We cannot really explain why it must be that person and not someone else. We cannot really define why it must be that one person out of all so many people in this world. Perhaps we can say many things that might be the reason why. However, those things still lead to so many questions. We can say that the person is so similar to us in many ways; hence we love them. However, many other people are similar to us too but we rather call them as friends instead of lovers; why is that so? In any way, we just know because we feel it. And that feeling is the unexplainable one, yet we feel it somehow. Therefore we know it is real.

What is this sense right now? What is this trembling right now? Every time I see you, I keep feeling it. What is this feeling right now? The reason why it feels this good each time you’re here.” –Yang Da Il, The Reason Why (이렇게 좋은 이유)

Last week, I started watching the currently airing popular Korean drama series, “Bride of the Water God” (also known as “Bride of the Water God 2017” or “Bride of Habaek”). The soundtrack of the drama series got me since the first time I heard it. This song is titled “The Reason Why (이렇게 좋은 이유)”, performed by male soloist, Yang Da Il. The ballad track was released on July 3rd 2017 as the single album “Bride of the Water God OST Part 1”. Lyrically, the song depicts the meeting and fluttering feeling between two lead characters, Ha Baek (portrayed by Nam Joo Hyuk) and Yoon So Ah (portrayed by Shin Se Kyung), as the two develop affection towards each other, without knowing that Yoon So Ah is the destined bride for Ha Baek.


"Bride of the Water God OST Part 1" single album cover | source: wiki.d-addicts.com

Some encounters are unexplainable. Some people say that there is no such thing as a coincidence in this life; that this universe has a master plan and people will eventually meet each other at the destined time and place. However, at the moment it is happening to us, we just cannot understand the exact reason why it happens because we cannot see the bigger picture of it; because as a human, we have some limitation for understanding everything. And just like that, we cannot really understand why some encounters affect us more than the others. And why at that moment our heart is beating faster than any other moment. “There are things that can’t be understood, like moments that are hard to describe. My heart used to have no movement at all, but today, it trembles like a miracle.” And why a certain person can affect us so much more than any other person does. “Your name is like the cool breeze, a cold wind blowing through a small crack. Among the few encounters we’ve had, I feel my heart being colored by you.”
Some feelings are indescribable. Perhaps because description can work well with things that can be seen; but a feeling is something that we feel. Though we cannot see it, we can definitely sense it. And just because something is not able to be seen, it does not mean that it is not real. Yet still, we cannot explain exactly why we feel some particular feelings towards a certain person. Why does that feeling only come whenever we see that person? Why do we only feel that feeling whenever we are with that person? Why does this feeling make us trembling inside? Why does this feeling feel so good? Why does this good feeling only appear whenever that person is around? Why does it feel like there is nothing better than this? What kind of feeling is this? What kind of sense is this? “What is this sense right now? What is this trembling right now? Every time I see you, I keep feeling it. What is this feeling right now? The reason why it feels this good each time you’re here. Nothing’s better than beautiful day. Nothing’s better than beautiful you.”
Some things seem so impossible. Some things seem like they do not make sense at all. However, just because we cannot see it, it does not mean that it is not real. We can feel it. And it feels so real. It is real. “Like the spring coming in the middle of winter, like the snow falling in summer, this moment makes no sense at all, but it comes to me.” This moment is real; the moment when we realize that it is love. “I know this sense right now, I know this trembling right now, I felt it the day I first met you. I know this feeling right now; the reason why it feels this good is because I can see you smiling. Nothing’s better than beautiful day. Nothing’s better than beautiful you.” It all makes sense when it comes in a full circle. It is a love that is destined to be. It is a heartwarming feeling that is fated to be. It is two people that belong to be together. And sometimes, the reason is just as simple as seeing the smile of our beloved one. And there is so much meaning in just one simple smile. Because when we love someone, every of that person means the life for us.


Ha Baek (portrayed by Nam Joo Hyuk) and Yoon So Ah (portrayed by Shin Se Kyung) in the drama series "Bride of the Water God" | source: tvN

I keep wondering why out of all people in the world, I have to feel this kind of feeling towards my significant other. There is this question inside my head, all over the time, why I feel this kind of feeling only towards my significant other. And I cannot even explain and describe this kind of feeling, because to define it as love just seems overrated. As time passes by, I understand more and more. That person is the curse as well as the bless. That person is the messenger that the universe has sent to me for me to pay back my karma. That person is the poison as well as the medicine. That person is my weakness as well as my strength. That person is the darkness as well as the light. That person is the pain as well as the joy. That person is my Achilles heel as well as the one who sets me free. That person is the messenger that the universe has sent to me for me to be able to learn about my existence. That person is the devil as well as the guardian angel. That person is the reason of my existence. That person is the other version of myself.

I know this sense right now, I know this trembling right now, I felt it the day I first met you. I know this feeling right now, the reason why it feels this good is because I can see you smiling.” –Yang Da Il, The Reason Why (이렇게 좋은 이유)




이해 없는 일들 어떻게 말하기 힘든 순간들처럼
(Ihae hal su eobsneun ildeul eotteohge malhagi himdeun sungandeulcheoreom)
((There are things that can’t be understood, like moments that are hard to describe))
어떤 움직임도 없던 마음이 오늘은 기적처럼 흔들려
(Eotteon umjigimdo eobsdeon maeumi oneureun gijeogcheoreom heundeullyeo)
((My heart used to have no movement at all, but today, it trembles like a miracle))

지금 느낌은 뭐죠? 지금 떨림은 뭐죠? 너를 만날 때마다 자꾸 느껴져
(Jigeum i neukkimeun mwojyo? Jigeum i tteollimeun mwojyo? Neoreul mannal ttaemada jakku neukkyeojyeo)
((What is this sense right now? What is this trembling right now? Every time I see you, I keep feeling it))
지금 기분은 뭐죠? 이렇게 좋은 이유 이럴 때마다 니가 있어
(Jigeum i gibuneun mwojyo? Ireohge joheun iyu ireol ttaemada kkog niga isseo)
((What is this feeling right now? The reason why it feels this good each time you’re here))
Nothing’s better than beautiful day, nothing’s better than beautiful you

작은 틈에 불어오는 차가운 바람과 같아 너라는 이름
(Jageun teume bureooneun chagaun baramgwa gata neoraneun ireum)
 ((Your name is like the cool breeze, a cold wind blowing through a small crack))
번의 만남 속에 물들어져 버린 나의 맘이 느껴져
(Myeot beonui mannam geu soge muldeureojyeo beorin naui mami neukkyeojyeo)
((Among the few encounters we’ve had, I feel my heart being colored by you))

지금 느낌은 뭐죠? 지금 떨림은 뭐죠? 너를 만날 때마다 자꾸 느껴져
(Jigeum i neukkimeun mwojyo? Jigeum i tteollimeun mwojyo? Neoreul mannal ttaemada jakku neukkyeojyeo)
((What is this sense right now? What is this trembling right now? Every time I see you, I keep feeling it))
지금 기분은 뭐죠? 이렇게 좋은 이유 이럴 때마다 니가 있어
(Jigeum i gibuneun mwojyo? Ireohge joheun iyu ireol ttaemada kkog niga isseo)
((What is this feeling right now? The reason why it feels this good each time you’re here))
Nothing’s better than beautiful day, nothing’s better than beautiful you

한겨울에 봄이 오듯 여름에 눈이 내리듯 말도 되는 순간이 나에게
(Hangyeoure bomi odeut yeoreume nuni naerideut maldo an doeneun sungani wa naege wa)
((Like the spring coming in the middle of winter, like the snow falling in summer, this moment makes no sense at all, but it comes to me))

지금 느낌을 알죠 지금 떨림을 알죠 너를 만난 그날에 처음 느끼던
(Jigeum i neukkimeul aljyo jigeum i tteollimeul aljyo neoreul mannan geunare cheoeum neukkideon)
((I know this sense right now, I know this trembling right now, I felt it the day I first met you))
지금 기분을 알죠 이렇게 좋은 이유 웃고 있는 니가 보여서
(Jigeum i gibuneul aljyo ireohge joheun iyu utgo issneun niga boyeoseo)
((I know this feeling right now, the reason why it feels this good is because I can see you smiling))
Nothing’s better than beautiful day, nothing’s better than beautiful you

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