Life is full of accomplishments. Big and small. Every morning you get out of bed and you’ve accomplished the task of getting out of bed. Good job, you go!! This week, though, I accomplished something a little bigger than that, and I have decided to share my story with you today.
As many of you know, I am an interior design major. This past Wednesday was our final review. Long story short, this is a very big deal. This is the day when 9 months of incredibly hard work either super pays off, or super does not. This is the day where one by one we stand up and present our final project to a panel of critics that know absolutely nothing about us or our previous work. If that doesn’t sound terrifying, you probably aren’t picturing it right ;) On top of that, I am HORRIBLE at public speaking. I absolutely hate everything about it. I get so nervous, my voice shakes, I stumble over my words, its just the worst! Anyways, after two months of designing, redesigning, modeling, drawing, and repeating the whole process, the day I’d been dreading finally arrived.
I set my alarm that morning only giving me enough time to get ready and get out the door, because I did not want to have to sit around and think about it. Luckily, I got an early time to present. I got ready, went to studio, watched the first review, and began to pin up my work. Next thing I knew they were turning panels and I was in front of everyone presenting my project as if I had done it a thousand times. Confidence came from nowhere and was pouring out of me. Not only did one of my best friends sitting in the back row drop her jaw, one of the critics actually spent time complementing my words, telling me I had a skill that I needed to hang onto. I was so incredibly happy. They liked my project and they liked the way I presented it. I did not see that one coming.
The feeling afterwards was incredible. The high stayed with me the rest of the day and through the night, and it is just indescribable. Now, I’m sure not every review will go quite as smoothly, and that is absolutely okay. I will always have this one under my belt and know that I can do it. That I did do it. This is a day that I absolutely dreaded since August, I had even contemplated my choice of major at one point purely because I hate public speaking. So I am telling you today, that it really does take just a few seconds of insane courage. This is definitely one of my biggest accomplishments, something I never imagined in a thousand years going in the direction that it did. Always face your fears head on, because you might just kick them in the ass.
“Every Great Achievement was once considered impossible”
Have a wonderful week you confident human.