It may not have seemed like it, but I have been incredibly preoccupied in these last couple of days because I kept telling myself that I was going nowhere with my life, for some reason. In fact, I have been too zoned out to even notice the fact that my site now has 600 WordPress followers. It might not seem like a big deal, but the fact that this site is growing means so much to me!
I also realized today that I have officially completed Course 2 of Mandarin, when I started only a month ago. I am talking about over 500 words and phrases. I have no idea how I completed the course so quickly. I don’t even know how I got here, but I am so glad to know that I am making some actual progress learning another language. There’s just this feeling of accomplishment knowing that I am learning something; I am not wasting away or anything.
I also noticed that the little lunar journal page, that my best friend, Kriti (Kittu’s Modern Mixtape) and I started on Instagram, now has a whole bunch of beautiful photos even though we don’t get the chance to update there very often. It looks very beautiful and I can’t help but feel proud of where we’re going with this. Who knows? Maybe this could turn out into something more than just a scrapbook of sorts, someday!
I am making actual progress. Not in the way people want to see, but, you know what? I am doing this for myself, and nobody else!
The thing is, you’re making progress even if you can’t see it yet. Even if you don’t really see the change happening. It’s sort of abstract. For example, I can now read, write and understand certain words and phrases in Mandarin because I’ve been learning the language and actually paying attention. But I don’t feel like I’ve actually learned a lot because this is one of the toughest languages out there, after all. (I’m not complaining.)
Just because you haven’t been making progress the way people around you want you to, doesn’t mean that you haven’t been growing at all. That’s the thing about growth— it happens in so many different ways. It happens even when you barely have the time to come to terms with it. It’s one of the most beautiful things about life.
All we have to do is give things we want to do the best shot we can, and try again if we don’t succeed right away. It’s not easy. It’s never really that easy. But that’s alright because you’ll start to see why it’s all worth it. Seeing yourself grow and make progress is easily one of the best feelings ever and I hope you get to see the kind of progress you’ve made so far, soon.
And in case you’re wondering whether a failure means your progress is taken away, it’s not. This isn’t a video game where you lose your points when you fail to complete the task or whatever. You start over, knowing things that you didn’t know before. And I’d say that’s some progress, too!
Appreciate yourself for how far you’ve come, today!
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