Question of the day.

What are you most proud of yourself for?

My answer:

Honestly I’m not proud of myself particularly often, it’s a bit of a weird feeling to me, but I’m trying to be more often, even if I’m just forcing myself to feel it because I think I normally should. If I do more or less genuinely, it’s usually because of my linguistic achievements. Like the one I’ve posted earlier today, in one of my song of the day posts, when I was able to understand a larger portion of spoken Norwegian for the first time. I’m proud of myself for learning English mostly on my own, of course I’ve had it at schools for years but I’ve only really learnt it when I started teaching myself, schools are rubbish at languages, and I’m proud of how quickly and how far I’ve gone with it, though I have a feeling like it’s not exactly something that I’ve achieved thanks to myself – my level of fluency, that is, and the pace of my English learning. – I mean of course as a Christian my way of thinking always is that we should be thankful to God for our talents and that without Him we wouldn’t be able to do anything, and of course I wouldn’t achieve quite as much if not all my pen pals and other online friends and such, because it’s the contact with the living language that matters, but I feel like I’ve got more than just an ear for languages. When I look back at my English journey, it feels like a miracle, because of how quickly and unefortlessly it happened that suddenly I was able to think in English with no problem, in some instances that comes to me even easier than in Polish, or without realising it instantly that I’m thinking in English, and suddenly I’ve got quite an English accent that a lot of Polish folks say is British. You’ll hear so many stories of people – whether linguistically gifted or not so much, but still trying to learn a language – putting so much hard work into their learning, or at least having some fancy methods that work for them or that don’t work. Neither was true in my case. It was similar with Swedish as well, though only to some point, I still don’t consider myself fluent in Swedish though my Swedish is good and definitely comunicative. I wonder why Welsh is such a slippery slope then. I’m not used to that hahaha but I mostly like it, I’ve got something to occupy my brain with. Oh gosh! I nearly forgot! I have a news for you people! Does anyone remember my “Reasons Why I’m Learning Welsh” post? One of my reasons was that I wanted to learn to say Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch properly and by heart, just for fun and for quirkiness’ sake (Llanfair Pg is a small town in north Wales). For a long time I was only able to read it fluently, which was still a huge thing for people who knew it, but not for me, because after all I knew Welsh phonetics and then it’s easy to read pretty much anything in Welsh. But, just today, I came across Llanfair PG somewhere and tried to say it just from my head without looking at it and… I just got it right. I did it once again and I got it right, and then I looked it up online to make sure I really got it right, and I did! now I can say it. There is such a Polish website called Nonsensopedia, aka encyclopaedia of humour, and they say something like even if you poop your pants here and now, you won’t say it. I’m not sure what has pooping to do with that but I assure you I didn’t poop while saying that. πŸ˜€ Isn’t that a reason to be proud of? I’m not a Welsh native and I said Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch about 5 times today and didn’t poop. Yay me! πŸ˜€ And stupid Nonsensopedia, maybe the person who wrote that article just had diarrhea, and thus really lacked sense of humour! I just wonder why it took me that long, but I guess if I really did work hard on it I could nail it much earlier. I like it though how spontaneously it came. So typical of my brain. πŸ˜€ Now I guess I need a new Welsh goal in place of that.

How about you? πŸ™‚

9 thoughts on “Question of the day.”

  1. Well, I tried to say Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch and I farted, but… oh well! πŸ˜€

    Your English is amazing, and so is your Welsh!! Languages are quite hard for a lot of people, myself included! I too thank God, in my case that I was raised to speak English, since it seems to be the world’s primary language. That solves my difficulty with languages right there! Indeed, praise God for that!

    I’m most proud of myself for overcoming issues. I spent six years terrified of Evil Spirits, and no one could talk me out of it. I had to take a drug called Geodon that took away my creativity (no writing, no woodworking, total life of boredom). I didn’t think my need for the drug would end until I grew old and died. And whenever I’d try to go off it, I’d become terrified every night because they were lurking all around me.

    So I joined a cult and learned meditation, and the cult people turned out to be really mean and controlling; but before they booted me for thinking independently (which wasn’t allowed), they taught me enough that I was able to have a meditative moment of awareness in which I understood my fears for what they were (awareness of the dark side of human nature, not the dark side of the universe itself), and I knew I’d be able to go off the drug without being afraid, and I did. Not to ruin it for you, but I wrote about those experiences (sort of) in volume 5, if you read that far!! YAY!!

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    1. Oh goodness, that sounds really quite scary what you had gone through! And the lack of creativity on top of it. Creative/intellectual oredom kills me, so I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to live long on such medication. I’m so glad it’s over for you.
      Haha, maybe indeed there is some corelation between saying Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch and pooping/farting, but now I guess it’s only when you’re not well acquainted with Welsh phonetics. I guess if I wouldn’t, it would be more likely to happen to me as well.
      Thanks, I know languages are very difficult for many people, which makes me appreciate it even more.
      Yes, I think you’re lucky to be able to speak English since very early on, though at the same time I think the majority of English natives are very unlucky, because the fact that English is such a primary language and present virtually everywhere also means that they have usually less chances and less motivation to learn a second language, which is a great pity because it really widens one’s perspective so so much, develops personality and helps the brain immensely. I would hate if Esperanto was the international language, because it’s ugly in my opinion and it’s artificial, while English is very beautiful, but I feel like that would be more fair on the brains of all the Anglophones.

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  2. I woke up one day 8 years ago with no money to pay the power bill or buy diapers or food and the donor decided he couldn’t take anymore so…he left us with a 30 second phone call and hasn’t been back since. Many people in such a situation without mental health struggles would have been overwhelmed to the breaking point. Instead, I have toughed it out and while far from a perfect single parent…I have a healthy, happy kid and I did it by myself with every strike counting against me.
    So yeah, sticking by your kid is a no brainer, but the fact I have done it without any stays in the psych ward and she has turned out pretty well adjusted…I am proud of that.

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  3. I’m most proud of myself for still being able to practice compassion despite a lot of the things I’ve been through.
    I honestly think it could easily have gone the other way, I could have ended up bitter, nasty, and unhappy. But it didn’t – my life is beautiful now because of all the hard work I’ve done on myself. I’m proud I took the road less travelled even if it was difficult. I’m proud I chose kindness and understanding when I wanted to be angry.

    And I’m very impressed you can pronounce Llanfair PG, I heard Taron Eggerton say it one time in an interview and it made me dizzy πŸ˜›

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    1. It’s really great that you are still a compassionate person despite what you’ve gone through. It is difficult, but my view is that it’s our own choice which road we want to take with this, whether we will make our experience our strength and draw compassion for other people from there, or will we become spiteful and imbittered, though of course frustration and other difficult emotions will come up anyway. It’s definitely something you can be proud of, I think. πŸ™‚
      Hahaha yeah, when I was just starting with Welsh, hearing it was making me a bit dizzy as well.

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