How often have you heard the phrase, “The sky is the limit.”? This phrase has often been used to encourage someone that he/she can accomplish anything or that nothing is impossible. Ironically, the word “limit” is defined as:
1.a point or level beyond which something does not or may not extend or pass.
2. a restriction on the size or amount of something permissible or possible.
So, would that phrase be considered an oxymoron? I would submit that it is. I wonder if someone told this to
1. Valentina Tereshkova before she became the first woman to go beyond the sky to fly into space on June 16, 1963
2. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin before they became the first humans to go beyond the sky to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969
3. Guion Stewart Bluford before he became the first African American to go beyond the sky to fly into space in 1983
Obviously, the sky was NOT the limit for them.
As I embark on a new journey in my life I am using my version of this phrase to encourage me. Since my return from my recent trip to Spain I have been inspired to become fluent in Spanish. I know what you’re thinking – She’s too old to learn another language. What’s the point? But, my desire is three-fold:
1. I have an innate love of languages and enjoy learning about other cultures. As a young girl I would stand in the bathroom mirror and pretend that I was speaking other languages. I subsequently took Spanish in Junior High School and Japanese in college.
2. I want to be able to actually communicate with the natives the next time we travel to Spain or another Spanish speaking country. I still remember some Spanish so I wasn’t totally clueless, but it would have been nice to be able to hold a conversation with a native speaker.
3. I would like to teach
my our boys a second language. They are still young enough that they should be able to learn another language fairly quickly.
Of course, this is a big endeavor for a busy, working wife and mother to take on, but a challenge that I am highly motivated to pursue. How awesome would it be to learn a second language on my own?
So, the journey has begun. And since the best way to learn any language is by immersion, here goes…
1. I have downloaded Duolingo onto my smartphone – a language learning app that offers brief, daily lessons.
2. I borrowed some Spanish language learning books and CDs from the library.
3. I changed my smartphone over to Spanish, so I am trying to get used to seeing “Mensajes” instead of “Messages” for text messages.
4. I started watching a Spanish Novela (soap opera) on YouTube, called “La Reina del Sur” (The Queen of the South). Although I only understand every 37th word, I think I know what’s going on…sort of. I am on Episode 3.
5. My car radio is set to a Hispanic music station. Still getting used to it, but they sing alot about love…I think.
6. I almost forgot. I also dowloaded the Google Translator app to my smartphone so I can translate common phrases. Then I write them down in a notebook so I can review periodically. My fave – Siéntate! (Sit down!) – for the boys, of course.
I am inviting you on this journey with me to help encourage me and to hold me accountable. What “sky is (not) the limit” for you? How can other MommyWurkers encourage you on your journey?
Hasta la próxima- 😉
But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26 NKJV)
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