As I recently discussed on a Facebook Live video, which you can check out here, I signed up for a class to learn a new language.
I enrolled in the class because I love learning new things. In particular, I really enjoy learning new languages. As you might have noticed on my videos I speak English, French, Hindi, Punjabi, Assamese, Urdu, and am actively learning Spanish and Japanese.
The more languages we speak the more people we can connect with. Connecting with people, learning their stories, and sharing my own is my passion - so signing up to learn a new language was really exciting.
Yet, as the day of my first class drew nearer I found myself becoming nervous in spite of my excitement. Before long I found myself going through all the same roller coaster of emotions I did when younger as summer break drew to a close and the first day of school loomed ever closer.
When I was little the weeks and days leading up to the start of every new school year were filled with highs and lows:
Will my teacher be nice?
I can’t wait to get back and see my friends!
Who will I sit next to?
My nervous and excited thoughts this time around were not too far off from what they were when I was younger:
Will I be the oldest person in the class?
I can’t wait to practice what I’ve learned with friends.
Will I have a lot of homework?
Just because something is challenging or it ignites our fight or flight response does not mean we should give up and walk away. It is important that when we have feelings of anxiety, uncertainty, and doubt that we doubt the doubts and ask ourselves why we have the feelings and then make our actions based on our understandings.
That is exactly what I did. I took some time to dive into my thoughts. Through self-reflection I was able to understand that these apprehensive thoughts were an overreaction. Remnants of a self-preservation system designed for when the unknown was far more dangerous than it is today. The mind and body’s way of burning off excess energy it was not sure what to do with. After understanding and accepting that they were an overreaction, and forged ahead.
When the first day of class came, and I walked through the door of the classroom I knew that I was exactly where I was supposed to be.
Life is a journey where we never stop learning. We are all students of life meaning we are never too old to learn something new and as the Sexy Brilliant saying goes ‘getting older is getting sexier every day.’
Much love always, @TheDevinaKaur ™ !
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