Memories are tricky things. You may be convinced that you will remember this moment forever, but with time, it fades. You may be convinced that this moment is the most embarrassing one in your life, but with time, it may become a moment where you are able to laugh it off lightly.
Empathy and understanding are probably strongest when you are in the same situation. Once you been through it, everything felt like a breeze.
Korean has been in my life for 6 years and to be honest, sometimes I have forgotten how it was like to be a beginner and what the struggles were like. Then I start to wonder if I’m lacking empathy and understanding. To me, Korean has become intuitive and I fail to understand why people find for example…. reported speech so hard when it’s so obvious (to me now). I have forgotten my own struggles with it (it was one of the grammar points I had trouble with).
When I first started learning the language, everything felt alien. At the start, I had a hard time grappling with the idea that all languages have a different system and the idea of a word is different in different languages. I found the concept of particles rather alien and new vocablary felt intimidating.
I seem to have forgotten all these struggles and to me, everything is simple now. :X
(Not trying to do humblebrag)
So what’s the point of this post?
Mmm probably to say that I’m learning or relearning about what having empathy means and what it means to say “I understand what you are going through”.