I want to learn new languages and grow as a person. My son is in his 3rd year of French classes and I would like be able to converse with him in French.
I am a typical American. I grew up in midwest USA and went to public school. In our schools we taught English exclusively. (And not very well.) Foreign language is still considered an elective and is not required.
My desire to learn, in part, stems from fear.
I fear that if I do not make a concerted effort to continue learning as an adult, something important inside me will be lost.
It would be as if I had "given up" on myself.
In learning there is a intangible vibrancy that I could only describe as joy.
Simply put, I need more joy in my life!