I’m late at this point, but congrats!
I have my own story I was considering posting but it probably works better as a shorter reply here. Especially since I’m on mobile and wkstats doesn’t want to accept my api key.
I started wanikani in 2012 or 2013 during college, as I was taking some Japanese courses. Unchecked depression and bipolarity meant my progress waxed and waned. Eventually it stopped completely and I wallowed for a long while.
After 2 years of doing fuck-all and another 2 years getting my act together, I restarted WK. Things were going well, and getting past my previous highest level felt amazing. Then I again slowed to a crawl and felt unmotivated.
It’s been tough, but I am determined to not lose my progress again. For the past couple months I hadn’t touched lessons. They felt like a wall. I just checked in a couple times a week to pare down my review numbers and work on some leeches. Then, yesterday, I finally bit a chunk out of my 100+ lessons and it felt great. All of the kanji reviews made a majority of these vocab lessons easy.
I’m so happy to finally dive back in. I’m really proud of myself for not fully disengaging again. Sometimes it feels silly to feel good about my relatively low WK level, but as this thread is a testament to, progress is progress and we should celebrate it.
I know that WK will only get harder, but I believe the most difficult barriers to tackle are the ones we place on ourselves. If we can break through those then progress will come with time.
Congrats again, and best of luck and dedication to all still on the journey.