When I was 26, I got myself from Santorini, Greece to San Remo, Italy via six different pieces of transport (ferry, train, plane, subway, train, taxi). I did it alone, without speaking Greek or Italian and I only got lost once and that was because I fell asleep on the train.When I was 27, I moved to New Zealand with a dude I’d been dating for three months. I earned my M.A. in 18 months while working two jobs. (P.S. I would not necessarily recommend doing this.)
Friends, I’d like to share something impressive with you.
When I was 25 and living in Taiwan, I negotiated the terms of my lease in Chinese.
(Or, perhaps more accurately, Google Translate and some very decisive body language negotiated my lease.)
When I was 29, I went through an awful break up that necessitated starting my life over. I was so broke I took a second job and blogged from my work computer because it took my three months to save enough money to buy a $200 netbook.
I’m not really telling you guys these things to impress you so much as to remind myself of what I am really, actually capable of.
When I’m feeling malcontent.
I remind say to myself “Self, you’re the same person who negotiated a lease in a second language. You slept on the floor of a ferry to get to Italy and teach at a summer camp. You rebuilt your life from scratch – and the second version is way, way, waaaaay better. This thing? This.ain’t.shit. You got this.”
We’ve all got those cornerstones of awesome. Those amazing/hard/crazy things we’ve accomplished that we can look back on it wonder.
Next time you’re feeling less-than, look back at your awesome and remind yourself that if you can do THAT? You can totally, totally do THIS.
What are your cornerstones of awesome? Where can you draw inspiration from yourself?