I started learning Chinese beacause it was the language that I thought I would be most likely to need as an adult. I originally started learning as a skill to help me with my career.
But scince then, I have fallen in love with the chinese language. My study of chinese is the one thing in my life right now that I am most passionate about. I don't consider it to be work. I really enjoy studying chinese, more than I enjoy many things most other Americans do for fun.