I had wanted to write this post for quite some time now, as it is something I’ve been struggling with since I started this blog. As you probably already know or noticed, English is not my mother language. If you ask me, I’ll tell you that I started learning the language for real only two and a half years ago. I had English courses in school, of course, but I’ve always considered them a joke since they didn’t provide me a solid base to have a decent conversation with a native speaker.
Fortunately, everything changed when I went to Chicago to do my exchange program. After all the embarrassing moments and awkward looks of people who couldn’t understand me, I realized that I needed to do something. Then I started challenging myself with little things that helped me to get better; like reading novels and watching shows in English, spending hours in front of the dictionary, forcing myself to go out and talk with people even though it was the most embarrassing thing ever, etc. Getting rid of the fear of making mistakes was definitely the toughest part for me. Once I had enough confidence in myself and realized that nobody was going to judge me for trying to be better at something, my learning curve increased exponentially.
Blogging in a foreign language was another challenge that I set for myself. I wanted to connect with other international bloggers, follow their journeys in different parts of the world, learn other people’s culture and understand the way they think. That’s what enriches my life, and I know I couldn’t have done it if I had written this blog exclusively in Spanish.
I won’t lie to you though; it hasn’t been an easy journey. The worry of sounding like a 3-year-old kid is always in the back of my mind. I constantly have the feeling that I can’t be as creative and funny as I would be in Spanish, that I am not doing a good job conveying people who I am. But the truth is that it’s just me who creates all these worries; I haven’t had a single person be mean to me for the way I write so far. It’s completely the opposite, you guys have always been so supportive, and I cannot thank you enough for that.
I guess my point is that nobody is born knowing everything. Life is a constant learning process that we all have to be part of. Don’t be afraid to do new things outside of your comfort zone, get over the embarrassment of being a rookie at something and keep trying. I promise one day you will be proud of yourself for doing that.