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Embracing the Best Version of Yourself through Language Learning

I constantly received messages and emails from the students throughout the past 7 years that I have been teaching online.

"I like listening to your podcast while I was jogging."

"I'm sending you this video while I was on a treadmill. I watched your videos. Thank you Byu!"

Every time I saw your messages, I felt thankful and inspired. I always think of The Netflix series "Living with Yourself". "Living with Yourself" poses an intriguing question:

What if you could encounter a better version of yourself?

The show's protagonist, played brilliantly by Paul Rudd, finds himself confronted with his superior clone who embodies all the qualities he admires in himself.

Discovering the Best Version of Yourself

"Living with Yourself" centers around the life of Miles Elliot, a dissatisfied and uninspired man who seeks a radical solution to his problems by undergoing a mysterious spa treatment. However, instead of returning as an improved version of himself, Miles discovers that he has been cloned, creating an unexpected duality of existence. As both versions of Miles navigate their newfound reality, the series delves into the complexities of identity, relationships, and the quest for personal fulfillment.

This duality raises fundamental questions about what it truly means to be the best version of oneself. It prompts viewers to reflect on their own lives and contemplate the aspects they wish to improve.

Embracing Change and Personal Growth

The parallel existence of the two Mileses in the show raises profound questions about embracing the different facets of our personalities.

Rather than viewing the two versions as adversaries, the series encourages us to accept and integrate the various aspects that make us who we are.

It reminds us that self-acceptance and self-improvement are not mutually exclusive; instead, they go hand in hand.

The Language Learning Journey: A Quest for the Best Version of Yourself

Learning a new language shares a similar transformative nature. It requires us to step out of our comfort zones, face linguistic and cultural barriers, and persevere through challenges.

As we progress in our language learning journey, we experience personal growth, enhanced cognitive abilities, and increased adaptability.

We become more resilient and open to change, just as the protagonist evolves through his encounters with his clone.

Similarly, when we embark on the journey of self-improvement, we often strive to become the best version of ourselves. Learning a new language can be an integral part of this process, as it allows us to expand our horizons, foster cultural understanding, and develop new perspectives.

Just like encountering the improved clone, language learning opens doors to a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

By embarking on the journey of acquiring new languages, we not only expand our linguistic abilities but also enhance our understanding of the world and our place within it.

As we strive to become the best versions of ourselves, let us remember the power of language to connect, inspire, and transform our lives.

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