You can always choose
by Mikolaj ,from Poland.
It’s New Year’s night. We took 1 liter of vodka per two persons with my cousin, because we wanted to have good fun with the rest of our friends. Nobody cared about being smart at the New Year’s night, so we drank a lot too. When I woke up at 3pm I knew it would not be a good year for me, especially with my headache and weak stomach. It was like a prediction to me, but I did not know how much.
The girl. In Poland, we say “What does not kill you makes you stronger”. You know this kind of situation. To sacrifice your family, friends, time and opportunities over three years, it couldn’t be completely for nothing. I do not want to cry a river here. When she left me I knew my life needed to change. But it was not so easy, because…
I had freedom, so I went on a few dates. When I went back home from one of them I dropped my phone on the ground. I was not smart enough to insure it, so I paid 100 euros to change my cracked screen. Things only got worse. I would fill up my car with the wrong type of gas, I lost my e-book reader, I dropped vodka, and I lost money.
It was hard even at university. I had a lot of overdue work, but no motivation to do it. I preferred working for my student organization over studying boring books. In the end, I decided I wanted to have an adventure this year. I had to do something with my life.
In the next hour, I called my friend who was an AIESECer and asked him about their projects. We talked for almost one hour. I applied the next day. There were a lot of opportunities in Romania, Portugal, Serbia, Czech Republic, etc. After a few days, I got the message that I needed to be ready in five days to go to Greece. They asked if I wanted to do it. Of course I did! Who can, if not me?
I worked from mornings to evenings to do every task needed for my trip. I was on the plane to Thessaloniki. I had no idea if I would be able to communicate with people there, if they would like me, etc. I knew there was no escape now. I could just pray to the God for strength.
It was the best moment of my life that the girl left me after 3 years because I had a lot of small and big failures. I would still be a little pussy (a man who does not know what he wants) if this shit (things) had not happened. Thessaloniki cured me very fast.