Felt like a good moment to pause and reflect. I just landed on level 44 so I’ve got a little more than 2,000 items to go (unless/until the crabigator makes levels 61-70?!)
In case anyone reading this needs a little oomph: stick with it! It will come and go, sometimes it feels like a slog, but grab some manga every month or so and you’ll feel your brain changing. For the better. I swear.
I feel like I should also have some practical tip: this may be obvious, but I find it’s really helpful to make good use of “SRS level 0”. If I’ve got too many reviews to justify a new lesson, I’ll peek at the next few kanji or vocab, with no attempt to memorize. It leaves my memory at, not over, full capacity, but gives me just a little familiarity when it comes time to actually learn the darn things.