Nothing is Impossible

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Nothing is Impossible
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IUF 1000: What is the Good Life
Clervoyant, Carlens
University of Florida
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Summer 2018 Competition
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Whenever I hear someone saying that something is impossible, it draws me back to an adventure I had with English at the beginning of the year 2017, when I first came to the United States; I reached one of the worst chapters of my life story. Because of my limited English, I rarely opened my mouth. Though I was fluent in three languages, I felt more powerless than a dethroned king, just because I never prioritized the language of Shakespeare.
I always considered English as a messy and unordered language; I closed my eyes and mind on it for years; but whenever I arrived in the U.S., I understood that there was no way to escape from learning English. I compared myself to the protagonist of a story, and as any would thrive to solve his or her conflicts, I chose to end the lamentable chapter I was going through. I spent days and nights reading all types of books, from the most boring to the most interesting ones; I watched more English movies than I used to; I listened to more English songs than I used to, in order to get more immersed into the language.
After months of hard work, though my accent survived, now I can speak English with more confidence than I ever thought I would in my life. However, I do and will always keep my journey with english as an empowering fuel to acquire more motivation, when facing challenging situations.
After my hard time learning English, I realized that I have always been the main writer and principal character in my life story, like everyone else. Even though people’s decisions often influence other people’s fate, I can assert, all the beliefs that kept me from learning English, at first, were incorrectly created inside my brain. That brought me to conclude, no one should ever hesitate before trying something new; no one other than ourselves should dictate our lives; and every thought and every fear are created by our minds. Now that I’m looking back, it becomes obvious that if I learned English ,as a kid, my first months in the U.S. would have been more enjoyable, but, still, learning it so late shows me that English was never unlearnable, as nothing will ever be impossible. As they often say, “we can do anything, once we put our mind to it.”
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