Thursday, July 27, 2017

A New Goal

Although my last post here was back in January, it doesn't mean I haven't been writing. I did go on a 3 month backpacking trip through South East Asia and kept a blog about it. However during that time I've neglected this one a bit. When I got back I kept thinking of picking this one back up again but its so true that its hard to overcome momentum (of not writing). Also, I don't help myself by thinking that I have to write some grand piece each time. I admire Derek Sivers (sivers.org) as he can write something so short yet profound.

I'm mainly focused on learning Mandarin for when I leave once again in a month for a trip to China. Although I am ABC, I never really focused on the language. I really regret this. I spent my Saturday Chinese school messing around and only really caring about the after school sports. My parents tried to help with tutoring but without a social group that mainly spoke mandarin and without much desire, I really didn't get much practice.

Now that I am older and more well traveled, I realize what a mistake that was. I'm missing out on opportunities to learn and connect to people of a different culture (and technically my own). The second best time to plant a tree is now though so here I go. I'm putting in a lot of effort now to improve my Mandarin but also will treat this as a infinite game which means that I'm not going to just treat this as a couple month project to learn and improve but to incorporate this into my life forever. Its actually significantly easier for me since I'm not starting from scratch. I've been passively learning over many years; its all in my subconscious somewhere waiting to be found. I've made so much progress in a month already. I'll be happy to share some of my tips and experience learning in future posts!