Monday, April 22, 2013

30DC22: 3 Things I'm Proud of

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Gosh, I guess I’m just supposed to brag about myself in this post, aren’t I? Here goes!

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My determination
I’m a very determined person. When I have it in my head that I want to do something, there are no limitations. I will do whatever it takes and I am willing to bust my butt – I will work harder than anyone else to achieve what I want. It’s exactly what has enabled me to make enough money in 4 months to live on for half a year in Europe (I worked 3 jobs while finishing school), it’s what has enabled me to lose 55lbs. the healthy way, and it is what I tapped into to get an appointment for Sweetheart with the top orthopaedic surgeon in Toronto, whose assistant had been ignoring him for 6 months.  A concept I live by is that there are a lot of things I can't control - what other people do/think, what circumstances you're born into, etc. - but one thing I can control is how hard I work for what I want.

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My cosmopolitan-ness
I’m not referring to the languages I speak, although I’m proud of that too, but my ability to appreciate other people’s cultures. I can be anywhere in the world and I will gladly learn about their customs/ways of life, I will enjoy myself, and I can make friends. I think a large part of it has to do with the fact that I’m Canadian. People who self-identify first and foremast as Canadian don’t have the kind of cultural baggage that a lot of people from certain parts of the world do. I feel that people raised in countries where children are trained to be very nationalistic grow up less equipped to be able to fully appreciate and embrace other cultures.

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My writing
I don’t think I’m going to win a Pulitzer or anything, nor do I think I’m the next Emma Forrest (although OMG I LOVE HER SO MUCH), but when I look back on things I’ve written before – blog posts, essays, journal entries, etc. – I think I always capture exactly the right tone and exactly the essence of what I was feeling at the time.

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