Week 10! 6 weeks from the end.
I once met someone that had the words, “I am my own experience” tattooed across his chest. It intrigued me, and I always thought I knew the meaning of it. I always thought it meant that we become what our past experiences have shaped us to be. However, over the past few weeks, I have come to realize that it might mean something different. Maybe it’s not what we have become, but rather, who we choose to be. I am my own experience. I choose my experience, I shape my future, I am a reflection of my choices, and I have to power to give myself limitations, or set the standard. I have chosen this internship to challenge myself and to give myself an entrance into the action sports industry. Thus far, I have been met with challenge after challenge, which constantly tests my limit. My work is a reflection of myself and I choose what this reflection is. Now I realize that I am shaping my experiences to exceed my limit, and push past my comfort zone. In return, my experience is shaping who I am, and who I will become. I am my own experience is the act of utilizing your experiences to shape who you will be.
To those who are considering taking this internship, let me tell you that it is not for the faint of heart. It is challenging and will test your limits in every sense of the word. You, like many of the interns, will not have much of a life for 16 weeks. However, you will be taking a step towards the greater good of your career and your individuality. You will learn more about yourself in 16 weeks than you might have learned in the past 5 years. You are creating your own experience, and are therefore, allowing your experience to shape you. It’s a test and a challenge, but if you’re up to it, you have nothing to lose.