“It is impossible to improve something that you don’t track.” This is so true! I think the reason why most people, including me, failing in making a good habit is due to the problem of tracking things that have been done every day. Like right now, I’ve been studying Korean, Electromagnetism, and also other thing but I feel like I’m still lacking in everything and I never really know what is it that I’m lacking because I never really keep a track of my progress when learning or doing something.
It is impossible to improve something that you don’t track
There’s this night when I wrote something called ‘my language dream’ in a piece of paper. I don’t exactly remember what I wrote there, but the main point is about my dream of becoming a hyperglot whom master 15 languages or more. I remembered having all the language of my dream listed from English, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, German, France, and Spain until Japanese. The paper is gone now, I don’t know where I put it, but the dream is still burning deep inside me.
Two months later (which is today), I suddenly remember this so called ‘my language dream’ when I was sitting in mosque after Maghrib praying. I thought, ‘if I really am become fluent in those 15 languages, then what would I do with them?’. I’m trying so hard to answer this question, because what I understand is that studying language is useful if you have a plan to work, to live, or to travelling in a certain country. Also the famous jobs for these polyglots or hyperglots people is either become a language coach and providing a language course full of language hacks or become a translator. I don’t really want to become either one of them. So what should I do later?
In an instant, a weird idea appear; ‘What if I use my language skill to work in intelligence bureau? Legit right?’. Hahaha. I mean if I can communicate well with 15 languages, that’s going to be awesome in my CV when I applying job for intelligence folks right? I can analyze a lot of documents, I can interrogating people, I can taping people conversation in those 15 languages and understand them, and also I can become a higher up officer maybe in short amount of time? Hahaha.
It just a plain weird thought though. Please don’t bother. Working in intelligence bureau is not as cool as it looks on tv I think. I mean if I really am working in BIN (Indonesian Intelligence Bureau), I will have my identification be altered to hide my real identity; I can’t talk about your job to my family, friends, and people; also I will be holding a very classified documents in my palms which is as worthy as my life is, and so on so forth. Ughhh…. Just thinking about that already giving me a chill spine.
Anyway, it still a dream! Achieve it first, then think about it later. Hahaha! 😀
Sometimes I wondered, when I’m watching a movie or reading a book in English, everything feels natural and I just understand what are the movie and the book talking about without put any serious thinking. When I think about it again, I never really have to translate most of the words and the sentences I heard now, it seems like I just understand it and there’s no even English-Indonesia mind while watching those movies and reading those books, my brain automatically set up at English mode, so it kinda weird sometimes, hahaha.
Terinspirasi dari temanku, Farhan Makarim, aku pun mencoba untuk menuliskan perjalanan selama dua belas tahun pendidikan formalku.
Lagipula seperti kata-kata Pramoedya Ananta Toer, seorang sastrawan Indonesia,
“Orang Boleh Pandai Setinggi Langit. Tapi Selama Ia Tidak Menulis, Ia Akan Hilang di Dalam Masyarakat dan dari Sejarah. MENULIS ADALAH BEKERJA UNTUK KEABADIAN”.
Tidak terasa telah selesai aku menjalani ujian nasional (UN) tingkat SMA, walaupun penuh dengan skandal pembocoran soal. Tak lama lagi diriku akan melanjutkan ke bangku yang lebih tinggi, apalagi kalau bukan kuliah. Dua belas tahun pendidikan formal telah kulewati, dan tentu saja pahit manisnya pertemanan selama itu takkan terlupakan olehku sampai kapanpun. Pendidikan Sekolah Dasar yang kutempuh selama 5 tahun di homeschooling, SMP selama 2,5 tahun di sebuah pesantren dan 3 tahun di bangku MAN, ahh…. semua lika-liku kehidupan pada saat-saat tersebut sangat mengharukan bila diingat kembali.
Ya akhirnya keinginan membuat blog terwujud juga (walaupun pakai wordpress sih 😀 ), tapi yang penting bisa menulis lah. Malam ini, 19 Maret 2015, adalah malam dimana H-25 diriku menuju Ujian Nasional 2015. Dan malam ini juga menjadi saksi bagaimana berdebarnya diriku menunggu pengumuman Seleksi ke Teknik Fisika UGM dan juga seleksi besiswa Turkiye Burslare (YTB). Semoga blog ini menjadi saksi nyata setiap pengalamanku, dimulai dari malam ini hingga nanti tiba masanya. Karena seperti yang dikatakan penyair bijak ,”Orang Boleh Pandai Setinggi Langit, tapi Selama Ia Tidak Menulis, Ia akan Hilang dalam Masyarakat dan dari Sejarah. Menulis adalah Bekerja untuk Keabadian.” (Pramoedya Ananta Toer).