Time by itself will do nothing. It’s engagement or the lack thereof multiplied by time that makes the difference.
So, if time “is” anything at all, it is at best a force multiplier. By itself, it’s powerless. Time multiplied by 0 gives you, well, 0. To mean anything, time needs to be crossed with choice.
Choice is where the real power is.
I think I’ve waxed pop philosophical enough for one day. Let me wrap it up and bring it home.
Don’t “do” Japanese. Don’t “set aside time” for Japanese. Choose Japanese. Show up to Japanese. Then, just to be safe, lay down some suppression fire — make other choices difficult, inconvenient, or impossible.
What we call time (in the sense of “you’ll get better with time”) is not time, it’s really the sum of our choices. It’s the sum of things we showed up to. The sum of our showings up? 😛 They don’t have to be big choices. Not at all. They’re just choices. The simplest choice, the atomic choice, if you will, is a choice of direction. The sum of your directions determines your destination…your “destiny”.
So, again, time will not make you better or worse. It’s not time, it’s times: the number of times you choose to show up to Japanese — you will get as good at Japanese as this number is high.
Choose fun. Choose kanji 😀 .