Kind of a weird feeling, and a weird time to have made it too. 2020 has been a crazy year, and yesterday night, soon after our apartment’s ceiling leaked water for the third time in like two months (thankfully my Japanese books were safe, haha), I hit level 60.
I started back in January of 2017 when I took the plunge and got a lifetime subscription. (WK team was super kind to give me the discounted price just after the sale ended. Thank you! That really helped jump start my journey here!)
I was definitely a slow and steady durtle, with my pacing getting exceptionally worse when 2020 hit. I don’t have any special or amazing advice to share, unfortunately. The biggest thing I think I can say is that, if you’re struggling, find that core reason for your motivation. Why do you want to push? What got you started? What new things keep you going? What things can you do to make it fun? How can you prove to yourself that it’s worth it to continue?
I think a big moment for me was pretty early on, in the teen levels if I remember right. I was feeling frustrated with my progress and ended up buying a Level 0 Graded Reader, knowing I would absolutely demolish it (and I did, gg past me). But I needed to see the progress in a more physical way. Doing reviews/lessons for so long, you can sometimes get lost in the improvements you’re making. Seeing what I learned from WK in the real world, to actually apply that knowledge, gave me a big boost. (And you don’t need to spend money to do so, I just happened and was able to.)
Letting my friends and family in on my progress was nice too. Having some cheerleaders who got excited with me during leveling up, who also waited patiently for me to finish reviews before/during time spent together, gave me additional pushes.
These forums as well. Damn, if y’all don’t already use them (and you’re somehow seeing this post), get on that! These forums made an indescribable difference in my progress. Gave me help when I needed it, answered my questions, informed me of valuable resources, offered amazing book clubs, and so much more. (Thank you everyone!) I know I never posted much, but you can get a lot out of lurking too. (I see y’all lurkers reading this post. :P)
But yeah, I don’t have much to say really. I’ll be finishing up level 60, getting through my burns, burning anything else WK decides to add down the line, but apart from that, baby bird (durtle) gotta fly
Best of luck to everyone else out there! I believe in you, you can do it!