This feels like the perfect time to write this blog. I am a year away from the day when I said YES to being a YAGM and to starting this unforgettable adventure.
I want to start this out by saying honestly at home I was a person who said “No” far more then I should have. Always excuses, “I am tired” “I have no money” “I am working” “I am busy.” Although some of these excuses may be true and may be a relevant excuse, more often then not I think I probably could have said “yes” and done more. My greatest excuse was a lack of funds. Totally a real reason not to do things, if you don’t have the money you shouldn’t try to spend like you do, but at the same time some things are worth putting money, time, and effort into.
It becomes very easy to say “no” after a while, especially when you say it ALL the time. But I have learned something this year, I have learned the joys of saying “YES.”
Honestly, this year I have said Yes whenever I possibly can. And honestly half the time I have absolutely no idea what I am saying yes to. Sometimes it is as simple as saying “do you want to go with the kids…” and I instantly am ready to say yes. I usually am given an idea of what we might be doing and where we might be going, but I am really never entirely sure until we get to our destination and do what we are going to do.
Sometimes my “yes” leads to a trip to see traditional Hungarian animals and other times it takes me on a trip to hear the Budapest Festival Orchestra. A yes can mean going to a village and setting up picture that the kids have created for an event or special day in the particular village. Saying “yes” has lead me to meet people from all over the world and go places I had never known of before these opportunities. I learn so much from each of these times and I can’t imagine what would I be if I had said no.
It might be silly or strange to some if when asked about this year and what I had learned, a big part of it would be the power of saying “yes” and taking opportunities that I would otherwise miss.
I may only have a quickly shrinking number of weeks left, but I will keep saying yes whenever I possibly can. “Yes” leads to learning, teaching, community, and fun in ways I never expected.
From the first “YES” that lead me here to every single one after, I have learned and grown from each. I plan to take this home with me and continue this trend in my life. If you are like the me I was before coming, always saying “no,” ask yourself why? Is it worth missing certain opportunities for those lazy moments you can have alone, or those few dollars you save? Are you going to regret saying “no” later?
Really think about it. It is more important then you may currently know. When you are ready, say “YES” whenever you can, if might take you on an adventure you never expected.