The question of the day: Tell one thing I learned about myself this month.
I learned that I CAN blog daily and still keep up with my regular busy schedule. Just knowing that is worth its weight in gold. 🙂
Today’s writing challenge topic: Have you ever taken a trip by yourself? Do you prefer to travel with people or alone?
I have done both. I don’t mind going alone. That’s what happened when I scheduled a trip to Costa Rica when I was in college. None of my friends had the money or the determination to make the trip, but I planned for a year to be able to go. It was an amazing adventure. (My mom calls me a daredevil!) I met a very nice man (Eduardo) on the plane who got us a taxi when we landed while I guarded the luggage. I hadn’t made hotel reservations, so Eduardo told the driver where I needed to be. I asked for “cheap and clean.” The hotel was in the Zona Rosa (red light district), but it was fine. I felt safe there because Pancho (clerk/receptionist) always kept an eye out for my safety. He wouldn’t let me go out alone even though I thought I was perfectly capable of protecting myself. He would find out where I wanted to go and search for another guest going the same place. I remember playing cards with Pancho and two other guests almost every night. One guest spoke Greek, Arabic and some English, another spoke Albanian and some Greek, Pancho spoke only Spanish. Luckily, I completed the circle with English and Spanish. The Albanian guy would say something in Greek which was translated into English. I then would tell Pancho what was going on. If it was a joke, the guys waited for the final translation before they laughed.
I have traveled with my older daughter. When she was about 10, we went to Puerto Rico for a week. We had a great time (if you don’t count an ear infection from the pool). We both learned a lot on that trip. It was memorable also because one of my very best pals “decided” to have a heart attack while my back was turned! I was ready to get on a flight home, but she was well enough to tell me to stay in Puerto Rico and come home as scheduled.
My older daughter went with me to Mexico. It was a difficult trip in many ways since she was a teen at the time. A teacher friend accompanied us with her granddaughter. I had invited a student along to round out the group. (His Spanish skills improved so much that week!)
My younger daughter and I have a trip planned to Europe within the next couple of years. Since we lived in Mexico for about five years, she is comfortable in the Mexican culture. Her Spanish is better than mine. We speak the language, so Spain should be awesome!
I can travel comfortably alone or with others. I would prefer to travel with people I know, but when we sign up to be part of a tour group, getting to know fellow travelers is part of the adventure. I jokingly tell people I can be packed in 10 minutes. I’m not really kidding, though!
I got home yesterday, drank some coffee and caught up on some grad class reading for an assignment that’s coming due soon. All evening long, I felt like I was missing something. I realized that I hadn’t even booted up the computer. Then it hit me: I had not posted on my blog! I am rectifying that error right now!
The topic: What is my favorite personality trait that I possess? That is EASY: sense of humor! It has saved me from blowing my stack many times. Things go south quickly when I lose my ability to laugh. We all know it’s better to laugh than cry, right?
If I could change one thing about myself what would it be? That’s another good question. If….maybe I would change my ratio of muscle to fat. 🙂 I would like to be in better shape. I catch myself thinking about walking a few blocks, then I get tired and think: Round is a shape…..
Round is a shape, so I am IN SHAPE!
That reminds me of the time I told Ysabela, “I’m going out to the yard to stand. If anyone calls for me, tell them I am OUTSTANDING.”
Do I do more for myself or for others? I am not sure, actually. I do a few things for myself. I work a second job, but I don’t sign up for more hours than necessary. Sometimes I feel selfish, especially if I’m asked to work a shift and I just don’t want to work. I am so tired and mentally drained that I need my evenings to get it together for the next school day! I have a house to run and a teenager to parent. I make sure I have coffee in the house, too. (I do that for myself AND my child!) Grad classes take up more of my time and energy, but I’m doing that to increase my earnings to benefit my family. I am a workaholic (I think) because it feels great to be able to buy what my daughter needs without counting change. I love learning new things, but I get bored really fast! Then I move on to the next challenge. I keep learning stuff for ME!
I do things for others when I can. Animal rescue is important to me. My pets have all been adopted or otherwise rescued. I donate money to the Rodeo Club at school, and I have had a collection tub for items that went to foster kids. My students are good about putting things in for the foster kids. My classes have adopted soldiers, and I send coupons to deployed families as often as possible. I have spent time working as a CNA and a foster parent. (I found out that fostering is not for me.) I’m on the volunteer fire department as well. Is that sufficient?
I guess we all do what we can when we can. I just hope that’s enough.
Am I my own best friend? I like to think so! Some days, I’m all I’ve got! 🙂 Seriously, I am fairly self-sufficient, but I do have a couple of besties for support as needed!
Today’s topic: How would you rate your self confidence? When is it at its lowest? When is it at its highest?
Even if I don’t feel confident, I can fake it pretty well. I feel my best when I’m on what I consider “home turf.” I could confidently show a friend how to navigate downtown Merida, for example, or rural Virginia where I grew up.
My confidence is a bit shaky when I have a presentation to make. I was a bit nervous at the NILA conference last year. It didn’t help that my video segments refused to play during the presentation! I admit to feeling out of my element in crowds, but I can survive it. I hate to be put on the spot without warning.
Question: Who do you trust more: yourself or others? I definitely trust myself more than anyone else. I have a few (VERY few) friends I know I can count on. I give people the benefit of the doubt, but I always make sure my end (my BACK end!)is covered in case I am disappointed! I was told once (or twice) that I have high standards for myself and the expectation that others will live up to my high standards. Sadly, I’m sure we can all think of a situation in which others have let us down.
At work, I know my colleagues usually do what they say. That’s a separate issue to me. Life in general is another story altogether. I have learned to navigate life with a Plan A, Plan B and Plan C at the very least. I usually plan for the worst-case scenario and hope it doesn’t happen.
When my daughter and I moved to Mexico, it was us against the world. Fortunately, my partner of many years is a man I can trust. Before him, however, I learned to be self-sufficient. I have tried to teach my girls that skill too. I hope I have been successful.
Trust has to be earned.
I like to think I can stick with blogging, even if I have only a handful of people who read it. I enjoy writing, so it’s really not a chore. My happiest times have almost always included reading and writing. Don’t get me wrong—I can be social, but solitude is very important to me as well.
I see things with a fresh perspective now. I have only been blogging a (very) short time, but I feel the need to take pictures of everything in case I might need something special for my blog posts. I do my best thinking when my hands are busy with laundry and my mind is flying free somewhere else.