Today's topic: What's your biggest accomplishment?
So much of life is small, subtle shifts towards an end goal. I am considerably more patient, open minded, understanding, and other-focused that I was 10 years ago. But I'm not at a point where I could consider any of those "accomplished", they will forever be works in progress. So instead, I'll look only to tangible things that have a clear end point. And of those I am most proud to be able to add a "P.E." after my name.
It's not just because getting there involved 5 letters of rec, 4 years of work experience, 3 study guides, 2 eight hour exams, and 1 very nervous wait. It's because I did it myself. I spent 7 months studying for that second exam. And without an instructor, tutor, or study buddy I stayed disciplined and focused. When something didn't make sense, I worked through it until it did. Sure I ran a few questions by online groups but for the vast majority? It was all me.
And doing that? Shows me that I can do what I put my mind to. That no problem is too tough if I just take a deep breath, step back, and work my way through it. The confidence I gained while working to become a P.E. is something that will serve me well for the rest of my life.