“You can do it! Keep going! You’re halfway there! You’re almost to the top!”
Words I often tell my daughter. I chose this picture because I want to tell myself the same.
I look back at the struggles I’ve had and I have to admit, I didn’t get through some of them. Some, because I lost interest, I found it too hard, or I made other excuses why I didn’t want to finish what I’ve started. In hindsight, I gave up easily. Take for example my goal of learning Deutsch and getting my B-1 certificate. This means being able to speak, write, and understand enough to get by and work in the economy.
The intensive course consists of 6 modules and a test at the end. This takes approximately 7 months to finish. It’s a 4 hour class, everyday for five days, and is taught completely in Deutsch. I have completed modules 1 and 2, started on module 3 but did not continue because I wanted to travel. Deep inside I knew it wasn’t the only reason. It’s also because it got too hard, and the teacher spoke too fast. I was constantly on google translate and it wasn’t always the correct translation. So frustrating! But you know what, they’re EXCUSES right?!
I thought I was done making excuses at my age. If there is something the military taught me, its this, If I come up with a problem, then I better come up with a solution. So, how do I fix this problem? NO MORE EXCUSES! (Another military lesson 😉)
I made up my mind that before I leave Germany, I will get my B-1 certificate. I told myself I’m almost halfway there. I just need to put in the time, sacrifice not seeing a few countries, telling friends and family not to visit for half a year, and sitting my butt down in that classroom for half a day, everyday for 7 months. I can pick up where I left off but I want to start from the very beginning. Since the class is taught in Deutsch, I will have to concentrate harder, listen more, and take more notes. If I have to take the class over and over to get it, then that’s what I’ll have to do. The struggle is real!