This is a picture of my plane ticket to Auckland, New Zealand, but it represents much more.
The reason I wanted to create this post is because if you look closely, you will see that my flight to Auckland leaves on September 18th. That is exactly one month away from the time that I am writing this post. If you have ever done a big trip (this will be my second) then you might be able to relate to this next statement.
I’m not scared to go, or scared about what still needs to get done and how little time I have left to get it done. I’m just scared. Well, not really. It’s not exactly fear that I’m feeling. It’s a weird accumulation of all these random, anxious feelings about this trip and they manifests themselves in something really similar to fear. But I now know from experience that whenever you feel this fear in life, you’re about to do something great.
To most people this plane ticket may not seem like a big deal, but to me this plane ticket represents several much greater things:
- Novel experiences
These are just a few of the common themes that everyone experiences with any trip like this, but there’s a lot of other feelings and accomplishments that I feel when I look at this picture.
This ticket is a token of my hard work for the last year. It is a tangible object that represents my ability to analyze my life, change the design, and put that design into creation. It represents two months staying up late and getting up early every day in order to teach myself new skills which I had no prior experience with. It represents walking into several interviews for a bottom-rung position as an intern, all the while knowing that I was horribly under-qualified. It represents working 2 jobs on top of that internship because it was unpaid. It represents sitting in a chair nervous and sweaty about to ask my boss for the ability to work and travel by the end of the year. And finally, it represents keeping a constant focus on what I really wanted to have for my life, and having the pleasure of watching each piece fitting snugly into place to make the dream a reality.
I don’t usually like to stroke my own ego, bu…
I am really F***ING proud of myself and what I have made possible less than one year.
I am really happy with all the things that this ticket means to me, but it still isn’t enough. I want it to mean more to someone else. I want you to look at this ticket now, understanding what it means to me, and get motivated. I want to inspire you. I want you to go out and make your own ticket. Whatever that might be. And then after that, I want you to inspire someone else.
This ticket means a lot to me as I write this now, but I want it to mean more. More to me, and more to everyone else.