I am actually proud of my ability to handle a crisis.
To make a long story as short as possible. In November of 2018, I found myself stranded in the airport in Guayaquil, Ecuador. I had my 2 dogs with me, and one of them was not allowed on the plane because it hadn't been long enough since his rabbis vaccine. I was not going to leave my dog behind. So, with EXTREMELY limited Spanish, in a city where I knew no one, I managed to get myself and my 2 dogs to a hotel for some rest, then network via friends to find someone I could stay with a few hours drive away who spoke English. It was one of the most stressful ordeals of my life, but I handled it quite well. It did not take long for me to get out of the denial stage and into "this is what has happened. What do I do now?" part.
I made the decisions I had to make, and 9 days later myself and my 2 dogs were successfully on the plane back to the US.
It was traumatic, and once we landed and were all safe, I allowed all that stress and trauma to flood me and process through. But I am very proud of the ability I had to hold it together and survive and get through until we were somewhere safe so that I could then process the emotions.
I am also proud of my intelligence, which took me through massage therapy school with a 99% overall average. And I am proud of my ability to simultaneously hold to my own beliefs while still being open minded.