The Day My Horizons Shifted

I was just talking with a friend and realizing I don’t know the day my life changed, but I know what sparked it.  It was the moment when I began reacting to people saying “it’s impossible” by saying “watch me.”

Really, can’t I reach “intermediate mid” level Georgian within two months?  Watch me.  And I scored “intermediate high.”

Really, can’t I learn enough Turkish to visit the country without using English?  Watch me.  And I navigated Eastern Anatolia using only Turkish.

Really, can’t I galvanize the community to collect enough winter clothing and school supplies to make a difference for refugees from the war?  Watch me.  And we needed two minibuses to transport everything we collected.

Really, can’t I write and publish my first book?  WATCH ME.


About sputnitsa

Born in the US, I grew up in Africa and the West Indies, and returned stateside in my teens. I've worked in international development, social justice and democracy work, and inclusivity training both domestically and overseas. I have served in Peace Corps, where I experienced my first Russian invasion, after which I volunteered with refugees and mentored youth. I vacation climbing minarets and mountains, as well as exploring theaters, museums and parks. Here in New York, I produce short films, direct short plays, and write.
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