Yesterday was unreasonably distressing. My life is fine, I have no serious complaints, however, like a lot of comfortable people, I’ll invent problems where none exist. As you may know, I still plan on volunteering in La Paz, Bolivia for a year. The earliest I could fly out is [redacted], and there’s plenty to accomplish between now and then, while working full-time of course.
- CompTIA A+ Certification
- CompTIA Network+ Certification
- Out of Debt
- Attain B2 Spanish proficiency
- Fundraise $10,000
- Logistics (Visa, Immunizations, Flight, etc)
Paying off approximately $70,000 of student loan debt within 4.5 years is a big deal. Learning a foreign language well enough to have operational fluency (B2) is a big deal. The IT certifications aren’t that serious, but the tests cost a few hundred dollars and I need them to be more useful while volunteering. I’ve been told it costs about $10,000 to support myself in La Paz for a year, so I’ll need to come up with that somehow. Each one of these steps is its own mountain, and I have to climb them all (while praying that no unforeseen expenses set me back) concurrently.
All this was weighing on my mind last night as I limped into the climbing gym. Bouldering while suffering from minor nerve pain in my back was a disappointing experience. Spoiler alert: 3 ibuprofen isn’t enough. It was one painful frustrating failure after another. In front of highly capable witnesses. Eventually I left.
But the plan is the plan and the schedule is the schedule. I will continue striving since I really want to help the needy. If it doesn’t work out, that’s ok, I’ll just get started on my real life a bit sooner. But I’m going to try. Assuming I don’t go crazy from all this self-imposed stress in the meantime, we’ll see what happens.