Soo Lim, a Brightview Mays Chapel Ridge resident, knows the benefit of keeping an active lifestyle.
Soo grew up in Korea and completed medical school there. As she explained, the U.S. was facing a physician shortage, so she and her husband left Korea to find work here. Soo was a pediatrician, and her husband was an anesthesiologist. Along with their two children, the Lim family moved around the country working. They worked at Johns Hopkins for a time in the 60s and 70s before relocating to Chicago. They then moved back to the East Coast and spent the rest of their working lives in Virginia.
Outside of their medical work, Soo and her husband stayed active with a variety of hobbies and travelled to many Asian and European countries. For 40 years, the couple participated in ballroom dancing. The Bolero and Cha Cha were some of their favorite dances. They also enjoyed playing golf, and Soo proudly recalls the moment she achieved a hole-in-one.
After her husband passed away, Soo moved to Brightview Mays Chapel Ridge in May 2020 to be closer to her daughter. Moving into the community during the pandemic was a bit challenging, but Soo joined in several activities and classes to stay busy. She loves the SPICE in Motion exercise classes, which are three times a week, yoga class, jazzercise, and even simply walking through the community.
Another activity Soo enjoys is playing the piano. She started playing at age nine and has continued with the instrument throughout her life. At Brightview Mays Chapel Ridge, Soo plays Korean and American hymns every other Sunday before church. “I don’t want to waste my skills, and I think it’s nice to have someone play before the service starts,” she said. “People like to come and hear the music.”
One surprising talent that Soo is nurturing in the community is a newfound painting skill. “I didn’t know I had this art skill,” she said. “I saw the class for art therapy and wanted to try it. I became very interested and am surprised at my ability to relax. It’s fun to spend 2 hours there.”
You can also find Soo partaking in happy hour with a glass of red wine. She likes the pot roast from the Brightview kitchen, but she also enjoys kimchi in her apartment!
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