On this day, 6 years ago, my life changed completely. I was still at the University, and I had signed for an internship in a videogame testing company. I was amazed by this possibility, because it meant that my very first contact with the working life would be working directly with videogames, and also in my field: languages, editing, translating… It was a dreamt that came true. This was my 4th of July.
“…and when one of them meets the other half, the actual half of himself, whether he be a lover of youth or a lover of another sort, the pair are lost in an amazement of love and friendship and intimacy and one will not be out of the other’s sight, as I may say, even for a moment…”
Plato – The Symposium
My 4th of July
However, it didn’t came true by itself, I had to work hard. Really hard. Prior to the beginning of that internship, I studied non stop for 2 months to pass all my remaining exams (I wasn’t able to start the internship without all the subjects already passed), I slept like 3 hours per night, no weekends, no social life, not even personal life (as in watching a movie or reading a book). It was all about passing those exams.
Meanwhile, I also had my first ever job interview (for this internship), with also my first ever job related test which wasn’t easy at all. Moreover, I was the first person ever in my degree doing an internship, so I had to fight for and against my University to know what the heck was, in fact, happening.
Studying like never before, doing paperwork almost everyday, preparing myself for working for the first time in my life…
And the day came, a 4th of July.
I learnt so much during that 2-months internship. I learnt about working with others, working with myself, learning, assuming responsibilities, avoiding and solving mistakes… It was an amazing summer for me.
However, it wasn’t everything, not even close.
During that internship, I met a person. I mean, I met THE person. And, trust me, I am not going to talk about being in love, liking another person… I want to talk about meeting that especific person that will change your life.
I met a person that motivates me every single day to be better at what I like, at what I don’t like, at what I am good and bat at, with myself, with others… Finally, I found a person that believes in myself in a way I never believed in myself. And he taught me how to make the same at the same level as he does. I found a person that challenges me, and my mind, and my soul, to never stop any single day. To improve all my skills and that pushes me and forces me to push my own boundaries.
On this day, 6 years ago, I started an internship praying for just having a good time and a great mark at the end, for my University. But, in a way, I found myself, with the face of another person who turned my life upside down, for the better. And that was something I could never, ever, imagine. I hope you have already or you will find that person. And that you will, forever, have your very own “4th of July” that changes and challenges your life for the better.
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