Sometimes you might not feel like you have many options. Maybe you’re struggling with multiple problems or stuck in a rut. However, the beauty of life is that there’s always a second chance, a new day to start over. Check out some of our favourite characters who face adversity and start a new chapter in their lives to get inspired!
Was It Love?
Noh Ae-jeong (Song Ji-hyo) gave up on love 14 years ago, but sometimes a new chance at love finds you when you’re not even looking for it. Lucky for her, she’s got a whopping total of four potential suitors who all have different charms in Was It Love? In addition to the romance, circumstances force Ae-jeong into leading the production of a new film to save her film company. Thrust into her new role, Ae-jeong gets a chance to actualize her dreams that she had to pause 14 years ago. There are so many new opportunities ahead of her!
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay has both leads experience new beginnings after meeting each other and learning from one another. Mun-yeong (Seo Yea-ji) learns how to keep better control of her anger through Gang-tae (Kim Soo-hyun) who in turn learns how to let go and embrace emotions. They both make changes that put themselves outside of their comfort zones. Bold choices result in big results with the pair confronting childhood trauma and finding love.
Guardian: The Great and Lonely God
Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) is a 939-year-old goblin cursed with immortality in Guardian: The Lonely and Great God. He waits over 900 years to meet his bride who will remove the sword piercing his chest and free him of his immortality. Kim Shin was in for a huge transition since he was on his own for over 900 years. Ji Eun-tak (Kim Go-eun) appears as his bride and their lives are changed forever. Despite his age, Kim Shin has much to learn from her. The result is a beautiful story as the couple figures out life, death, and love.
You’re All Surrounded
Four rookie detectives, Eun Dae-gu (Lee Seung-gi), Eo Soo-seon (Go A-ra), Park Tae-il (Ahn Jae-hyeon) and Ji Gook (Park Jeong-min), begin their careers in You’re All Surrounded. While they’re not passionate initially, the young squad grows into their new careers. Dae-gu blames Chief Seo Pan-seok (Cha Seung-won) for his mother’s death and specifically works with him in order to get revenge. As they uncover the murder mystery, Dae-gu is able to resolve his grudge from childhood.
Like the title suggests, Second 20s, centers around Ha No-ra (Choi Ji-woo) getting a second chance at living her 20s again. Ha No-ra got pregnant at a young age and devoted her life to being a wife and a mother. When her husband demands a divorce, No-ra decides to enroll in college alongside her son and live for herself. In college, she finds her new dream and a new love interest in her old high school classmate Cha Hyeon-seok (Lee Sang-yoon) who is a professor at her college. No-ra’s journey of discovery is uplifting and inspiring.
Cunning Single Lady
Cunning Single Lady is a classic drama that tells the tale of Na Ae-ra (Lee Min-jung) and Cha Jung-woo (Joo Sang-wook). They were married but ended up divorced when Jung-woo’s business left them poor. Three years later, Jung-woo is very successful and the once married couple cross paths again. There’s a lot of bickering following their reunion, but romance ensues as they examine their feelings.
One More Happy Ending
One More Happy Ending follows four former girl group members who are trying to figure out their lives and romantic relationships. Han Mi-mo (Jang Na-ra) is a divorcee running a matchmaking agency for divorcees. After getting betrayed by her boyfriend, she has new potential suitors in Song Su-hyeok (Jung Kyung-ho) and Gu Hae-jun (Kwon Yul). Full of hilarious encounters, Mi-mo and her friends support one another as they each tackle their concerns. This show proves there’s always time for one more happy ending!
Hi Bye! Mama
Hi Bye, Mama! demonstrates that new beginnings can also occur after death. Cha Yu-ri (Kim Tae-hee) dies after a car accident, and watches over her family as a ghost for five years. She miraculously comes back to life and has 49 days to take back her place in order to continue living. Just as Yu-ri struggled to move on, her family and friends also grappled with her absence. Her wondrous return gives her a second chance at life while offering her loved ones a second chance with her.
Watch these K-dramas on Netflix to get inspired and to feel optimistic about new beginnings, now streaming on Netflix.