The Dormant Bilingual

This is kind of a touchy subject for me, but I’m going to go through with it anyway because I need to get it out there.  It needs to be said.

I’ll start off by being blunt.  I feel that some people don’t appreciate me for who I am.  They say that they’re on my side and they want to help, but when it comes to things that matter to me, they seem to turn the other cheek.

Spanish is one of those things.  I tried to do a Spanish minor in college, but it didn’t work out.  I’m still pissed off about it.  Like, really pissed off.  People seem to think that knowing Spanish isn’t an asset for some reason.  They certainly don’t see the doors that it can open.

As for how it all started, well, I’d always enjoyed Spanish, but when I got to college, I had professors who really inspired me to pursue it.  I’m sorry, but I can’t go back and undo what they did for me.  And even if I could, I wouldn’t want to.  I can’t hate them for doing their thing when they were so good to me.

Since I graduated from college, I feel like I’ve had to keep myself under wraps.  I can’t fully express myself because no one wants to hear about Spanish.  Therefore, I have a lot of potential that I have no idea what to do with.  I’m reading the Harry Potter books in Spanish, but reading fluency is only one piece of the much larger puzzle. I almost feel as if even reading the books is taboo. If I can’t express my love for Spanish to the people closest to me, how am I ever going to get anywhere with it?

I guess I’ll just have to strike out on my own.  That’s fine with me.

via Daily Prompt: Dormant


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