Today, I had the pleasure of working in a little cafe with good wifi and great food. Next to me was a group of 15 people speaking Spanish. And it was clear that no one was a native speaker. And no one knew every word in Spanish that he or she were trying to express. But they were all forcing themselves to converse with other people in a second language. In public. They muscled through. It was uncomfortable to listen to, but also, really inspiring. And a lot of the people there were over 60.
It. Was. Amazing.
I don't elect to do things that make me really uncomfortable. I stumble into things that are challenging, but I don't always choose them. Work throws up roadblocks, but I would prefer there weren't always there. But sitting next to people pushing to do something to better themselves was a great reminder. Uncomfortable doesn't equal bad. Growth can come from working really hard and trying something new. Thank you mid-morning Spanish club. Maybe I will be a little braver mañana.
Image by Pascal Maramis