12:26 a.m. - 2015-08-26
Although it probably sounds nuts, since nursing school ended and I've had more time, I've been simultaneously studying six languages: French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Polish and Italian. Needless to say, I don't devote a huge amount of time to any of them, but it allows me to study whatever I feel like studying at the moment.
Languages make me happy. I love that they open the door to cultures, human history, and the way that people perceive the world. I love that they allow me to experience literature first-hand and hear the beauty of the words as they were written, undiluted by translation.
Perhaps just as much, though, I like languages because they give me a chance to really exercise my brain. I often feel like I wasted my gifts and bombed my life because I'm a nurse instead of a nuclear physicist -- I had the talent, but I chose an eating disorder over college. Languages give me a chance to redeem myself a little bit.
And who knows? Maybe someday I'll actually use them! Right now Doctors Without Borders is recruiting nurses who speak French and Arabic -- French I've got covered, and my Arabic should be passable by the time my kids are in college ....