Updating My Life Queue

Written by Margarita Morgan
August 3, 2014

Not to be confused with an item on my bucket list, I also have a list of things that were important for me to do or learn but never got around to them because real life got in the way. One of such things for me was to learn different languages. It is true that learning courses are available in a variety of formats to accommodate most schedules, but saying that where there’s a will there is a way is not always as simple as it sounds. In my case, taking time to learn a new language would have interfered with the time I had reserved for my family and priorities being what they are, I opted to invest my time in my kids and put off my educational preferences for later. I know I made the right choices and the rewards I got in return speak for themselves. My older children are a source of pride and inspiration and they appreciate the time I spent with them. Now that I only care for my seven year old and I’m retired, I have some time to pursue some of the things I always wanted to do.

Recently I purchased a learning system to begin lessons in Japanese. I chose that language because I watch a lot of anime and I find it to be a much better experience to enjoy such programming in their original Japanese language. Most of the time, the translations into English are very good, but others, there is a loss of context due to the natural differences between idiomatic expressions and literal translations. I also have a fascination with epic historical fiction novels that concern Japan’s rich and ancient culture. Learning Japanese, for me is not just a way to realize some long awaited desire to educate myself further, but it satisfies a yearning to immerse my senses entirely in a different culture in the same way I did when first arriving to the US.

I suppose that if I had started learning other languages many years ago, I would have chosen something entirely different. French for starters and only because I used to watch a lot of French movies, I guess there is a pattern here, but regardless of the chosen language, communicating with other people from different cultural backgrounds has also appealed to me. Now that I can dedicate some time to do things I’ve always wanted to do, I’m happy to report that I’ve already started to learn a new language without compromising the time I devote to my youngest daughter. It gives me a great sense of satisfaction not to have to feel guilty for doing something I enjoy and it gives me an even greater sense of accomplishment to know that along with caring for my daughter, I can learn things that I thoroughly enjoy.


Daily Prompt
Back of the Queue
Is there something you’ve always wanted to do, but never got around to starting (an activity, a hobby, or anything else, really)? Tell us about it — and tell us about what’s keeping you from doing it.

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