When living abroad the topic about learning the language of the place comes very often in the conversations. What I have realized recently is that the topic which everyone can handle very quickly in and outside of  the classes with having a very well equipped vocabulary is exactly about how difficult it is to learn that particular language. You know precisely to say why you don’t progress as fast as you wish or it is written in statistics, why grammar seems complicated, why words are difficult to memorize, why you can’t understand people around, why the classes are not successful and so on.

So basically the first things we know to say in a language are the reasons for which we can’t speak it (good, properly, yet …). It is like somebody who wants to avoid speaking English by saying “Sorry, I don’t speak English”. Which obviously is a lie.  That was English.

I wonder why we do that. Why we learn first justifications or excuses? Is it that dangerous to let yourself be lost in language mistakes?


Get that elephant out of the room

‘Last lecture’ of Randy Pausch is absolutely incredible. I’ve watched it several times by now and each time I’m discovering something new, something else to pay attention to or re-think through.

I’ve finished his book just few days ago and unlike the lecture where the impressive part for me was on “how to lead your life”, what I liked now the most was the openness when talking about death. And one thing I’ve realised is that we don’t actually talk freely, loud and clear about death. We just learn to deal with it when we have to. Could a sort of “preparation” help for different good byes?

Open sourced life

A 365 photo project transformed in 365 x 13 years project means 4,748 self portraits that Jeff Harris took.

Projects like this, I guess, born ideas for gadgets such as Memoto, a wearable lifecam that clips to your shirt and automatically takes pictures.  Or, as I recently wrote, the 1 second everyday app.

Can’t help wondering again… why this increasing urge to record our lives, to archive them and to make them available to everyone? Are we creating an open sourced database of stories with best practices that the others can learn from and grow? Or its a sign of fear to lose ourselves among the (over) 7 billions people of the world?

What do you want to be when you grow old?

„Well, you never know what will happen. Maybe you‘ll be sick or maybe you’ll not get to that point”, said my friend surprised about my question.

But what if you do?
A lot of people I have met have a pretty vague idea of their life after age of 50. When we are kids, everyone is asking what we will be when we’ll grow up and we are busy with “life-decisions”. Why stop asking this question in our adult life?We are becoming in each point of our lives. We have a great journey and each moment can be our next path to reinvent ourselves.

So „what do you… ?“