“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible!” – Audrey Hepburn
A few days passed and my mind kept working nonstop, looking for answers to my questions: How can I reach my potential? What are my limits? What are my powers?
Searching for yourself can be difficult, but it can also be what gives you wings. In my case, it was what enabled me to be the most challenging and all time to me.
Learning English meant leaving home
It may be that for some people, learning a new language is necessary for a promotion at work, maybe the only chance of survival in certain situations. It may be that for some people learning a new language is luxury or vanity. It may be that for me, learning English has been a matter of perseverance. It was not just to buy a new English book and watch some classes on YouTube. Learning English was leaving the house, the security of the home, the mother and father’s arms, was crossing the ocean, leaving behind half of the heart to finally find here a new language, a new life, a new time to be and be happy simultaneously.
Words do not have borders
Learning some English words make more sense than in my mother tongue, it is simply wonderful. It’s like in a new language I was finding sense to things I did not understand before. Jokingly words, I see that it was impossible, it is now I’m possible “.
In Portuguese, my mother tongue, there are different words to express the verb To Be. First, I could say I’m happy, and that means that today, for a moment, something I could find happiness (“Eu ESTOU feliz”). And second, I could say I’m happy, and that means not only today, but in all, I am really happy (“Eu SOU feliz”).
In the English language a single verb “to be” I can express my complete state of happiness, of being and whole, to learn and live this new challenge. As Federico Fellini said: “A different language is a different vision of the life” .This phrase explains what is happening today in my life, in English, and because of English. A new vision of life, world cultures and knowledge itself.
Day by day, I finally have to answer my questions, and more sure of who I am, exploring my creativity in every English class, finding that there are no limits to our dreams and that words have no boundaries when we want to learn.
Gabriela Mendes Costa