In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Take That, Rosetta!.”

Once upon a time, at the end of my adolescence, I decided to make a list with the languages that I wanted to study and learned and a very detailed plan on how I was going to get there. This came as a somewhat frustrated attempt at regaining control of my language-learning after a sudden decision to move to Quebec changed my studying scheme: From one day to another I went from leisurely studying German to forcing as much French into my brain as I possibly could… only to find that I had to learn even more from the language as French French and Canadian French are worlds apart.

A few years in I came to realize that my marvellous idea of studying languages was not quite going to work for one simple reason: Time.

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Skip, hop, and run

Winter is always a tough time for my mind to dwell in. Being in a relationship now has not changed much about this fact since my partner has similar problems during winter… with not much to do every single day we find ourselves thinking mostly about waste and not doing much with our days.

We found some solace in doing winter sports for a short period of time, though whenever we were unable to leave the city for these purposes we found ourselves in the most useless situations ever as we would be stuck home without much more to be done every day. The weather has fortunately changed for the best, which is a relieving sight on our end.

Enter the age of the sun, where things happen as we wish them to be.

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These Streets are Frozen

Winter as it happens in Montreal is not something that I am completely used to. Hailing from a place such as Mexico City, I am used to being cold as the city can get cold (and no heating anywhere… that helps), so coming to Montreal and facing snow and interior heated houses was not much of a deal… especially after I discovered winter sports (snowboarding) and started taking advantage of the snow in the mountains.

In the mountains.

Snow in the city is a completely different matter. After having the most active biking period I have had in my life (commuting every day from April to November), I have not had a very fun time as of late due to a severe lack of winter tires for my bicycles. The winter has been long and icy, and is getting a little old already.

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Time in Our Hands

There was a time in my life when things were simple and there was a lot of time to be spent on my own. After my time in college came to an end and I decided to get a job and do something, I happened to have most evenings (or mornings) and a lot of weekends to myself.

Looking back to those days, there was not a lot that was actually done during that time. It mostly involved cooking, playing videogames, and drinking. Whether those things were done on my own or with some company did not matter as not a lot of very productive things were done. Surely, there were some gigs related to photography or reviews on the side, but nothing substantial that has carried on to my present days.

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Never Stop

To say that the past few days have been nothing short of tiring would be an understatement.

When this year first began I made a commitment to sleep less and get more things done every single day of my life, which is somewhat something I used to do a lot when I started working a few years ago: I would sleep the very minimum amount of hours I could muster asleep, and then I would go through my days being very energetic but at the same time very tired. As things changed and my situation became more and more… human and less robotic, I found myself with less time on my hands merely because I was investing what time I had on my own hands into things that make me more happy but that use a larger amount of my time.

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