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. After a decade in international development, democracy work, and inclusivity training for domestic NGOs, I joined Peace Corps, and after a year, experienced my first Russian invasion. I followed that up by volunteering with refugees and youth, and after some vacation time climbing minarets and mountains, I returned to New York City, where today I work on social justice with college students, produce short films, and write.
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