This isn’t my “woo level 60!” post, but I would imagine that I’ll feel very similar when that happens. There was a thread a few days ago about average time to level. There are a lot of people that post on here about taking 7-8 days to regularly pass a level, and for those people, that’s incredible! Being able to have that kind of consistency is amazing, and you should feel awesome for the accomplishment!
The other side of that, though, is the not 7-8 days per level. I wanted to show and tell my experience for others that are feeling frustrated, because I’ve been there. I’ve had a few big disruptions, like at level 15; we had some issues with a foster daughter, and as a result I just didn’t do anything. My brain couldn’t pivot away from home problems long enough to even think about Japanese, let alone try to memorize kanji or keep a consistent review schedule.
My level 24 also blew up spectacularly. We sold our house and thought we had a good place lined up, but that ended up getting torpedoed, and now we’re still living in our friend’s house. We have another house FINALLY almost ready for close, but I didn’t care about kanji at all when I was panicking about where we were going to be living.
Those are big examples, but there are also just other little examples too. Levels 13 and 21? I was just busy! Work stuff, family stuff, obligations. It happens.
It’s easy to come back to WK (or another other endeavor you’ve set yourself to) after a disruption and feel, well, kinda lousy. It’s always a fight for me to fight that tinge of failure, or that it’s somehow a sign that I’m just not ___-as everyone else (insert: dedicated, motivated, smart, etc…)
That’s bogus. The fight will suck, because you come back to a bajillion reviews for stuff you can’t remember. It’ll be frustrating, but you’re dedicated enough to get through it. You’ll get your motivation back once you start to see your reviews drop, and you start to pick up new material, and you remember how much you love the learning aspect, and not just the race. You’re smart enough to realize that learning anything, not just a language, is a life long journey, so a few months of disruption will not break you.
So here. Here’s my graph of shame, that I’m actually really proud of. I’m ecstatic that I finally put level 24 in the bag this morning. If you’re stuck, it’s ok! You can do it! And we’re proud of you, too!