Maybe this one should be called “why life is so good to you, but you don’t realize it”.
Remember how video games were back in the 1970s, 1980s and even the first part of the 1990s? No? Well, let me jog your memory: you couldn’t save!
YA COULDN’T SAVE! You couldn’t save your place. So if you messed up, you were back at square one, as if nothing had happened. And you had to do it all in one sitting — you couldn’t take a rest. Maybe you could leave your console on, but even if your mother was cool with you doing things that were “bad for the TV”, she would inevitably come around with the vacuum cleaner and inadvertently yank the power cord out of the outlet.
Have you ever wished you could go back in time and do it all over again, knowing what you know now?
Well, stop doing that.
Because that’s what it would be like. It would be like first gen Mario. Yeah, you’d have all your wisdom from your previous tries, but you’d also be living the plot of Groundhog Day.
Now, as usual, there are massive logical holes in my reasoning here; I’ve never been accused of constructing airtight arguments. For one thing, what you want is not the ability to go start totally clean, but the ability to go back to a savepoint.
Well, life kind of gives you that already. You can’t quite restart from a savepoint, but you can start anew today — every day is New Year’s. Every second presents you with new choices — with new opportunity to make new choices. And, you get to keep all the wisdom and XP you’ve gained so far.
So don’t restart your Japanese learning from scratch. Don’t decapitate yourself just because you have a zit. Don’t burn down the library to fix a typo. Start with everything you have now. Start proud and dirty.