Well, this is quite unusual. I just reached a 97-day streak and I usually don’t like making posts about it because I don’t typically care about streaks. However, what this particular streak means to me is beyond Duolingo and more-so within my own life. Also, I was planning on writing this post when I had reached a 100-day streak, but I have this feeling that I’m going to lose it because of my upcoming hectic week. I’m not taking any risks. XD
So, this streak means a couple of things to me. It means throughout my personal struggles, I have been willing to come back to this site everyday for 97 days to complete at least one lesson here. That is huge, for me, because there has been many moments where I would lose motivation in doing the things I used to love to do, like learning languages. Yet, I keep coming back to learn, and I’m happy for that. It also means that I have been consecutively stressed for 97 days.
You see, I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but whenever I am stressed, I tend to do more Duolingo lessons than usual. Or, I am more willing to come back to at least maintain a streak. This is in order to take my mind off of whatever is tormenting me and place my focus on something else that brings me joy—something that comforts me. Although it is not mentally healthy for me to be stressed for so long (though, I’ve grown used to the feeling), there is some good in it.
While maintaining this streak, I was able to finish my second tree. It’s funny because a while ago, I never thought I would be able to finish a single tree, but obviously that is no longer true. It seems the more stressed I get, the more I return, and the more I return the more motivated I am to go towards my goals, language related or not. Duolingo replenishes whatever hope I had thrown away concerning my language goals or other goals and helps me to push forth to the dreams I so desire.
I can’t give Duolingo all of the credit because I know my own resilience, along with counselors, family, and professors have helped me along the way. But, since I am here now, I just want to thank the team of Duolingo—including contributors—for making Duolingo what it is now and how it will be in the future.
I have no idea where I would be without this site’s free access for language learning and its wonderful community of learners.
Oh, and happy 97-day streak! I wish everyone the best in their goals!
Congrats! I hope that as I build my streak again my mental state can improve, since I've sort of been in a funk for the past week. (My streak was 3 for the past week or something) Good luck with your streak!
Your problems may not be entirely resolved by Duolingo, but it certainly helps to an extent. I wish you luck on your streak, too!
Good job! ❤ It's nice that Duolingo relieves stress for you! As for me, the only way to relieve stress is to get rid of whatever is causing it... (⇀‸↼‶)
I can't really remove the causes of my stress because that would mean dropping out of college and basically terminating my career plans... XD
But, just find something that makes you happy and will help keep stress from overwhelming you. I love to read, and even though I don't have much time for it, I always try to find little time to at least read a chapter of a book. Or, I use that time to do some creative writing. ^ ^
I guess "resolve" would be a better word to show what I mean, haha. (^.^)
I dabbled around in creative writing when I was in middle school. I didn't consider trying it again! Thanks for the recommendations. ❤
Relieving my stress would mean moving out of my parent's house and terminating all connections with them... Sadly I need a few more years before I can do this.
Just remember that by making that choice, it can mostly likely not be reversed. I don't want you to make a decision that you will regret. I don't know your age, but as you grow, your decisions have more of a blatant impact on your future (not all the time, of course). If you believe this is for the best of YOUR future and no one else's, then no one should stop you from proceeding.
Some people are best left out of your life if they are hurting you in more ways than one. I had to learn that the hard way. I guess this is me giving you some wisdom (if that's what you call it). ^ ^
I'm glad you decided to go ahead and make a post to celebrate and reflect. I think a lot of people feel that the streak is soley for people to show off to one another. Those people like to stick their nose in and shame those people and/or boast about how they don't need the streak. But, the streak means a lot of different things to different people. Regardless of what it means, to boost one's self esteem privately or in front of their peers, for someone to prove to themselves that they could do something for many days in a row, whatever the reason, it motivates. Congratulations on sticking with it! Good luck with your hectic week. Even if your streak goes to zero, there was a time when you came back 97 days in a row and did your thing. :)
That's awesome! Good luck on your 200 day streak :) I have to admit, the amount of stress you must be going thru, you are really good at keeping it under control on here :) I mean, I haven't seen you post a non inspiring comment yet. I myself have said some negative or non inspiring things in the past even though I wasn't under stress. Anyhow, I hope you make it thru whatever you are going thru, and Thanks for the story :D