The French have a wonderful expression- "avoir 20 printemps" or to be 20 years old. I was 20 years old when I first studied the French language. That time represented the springtime of my life- young, a university student, in full bloom with lots of options and possibilties for the future. Learning a new language now offers certain challenges- remembering vocabulary, hearing pronunciation, concentrating to listen and speak- being in the moment. The process helps to exercise both the right and left sides of my brain. Check out Kristin Espinasse's French-Word-a-Day site.
Spring still offers many opportunities- new growth, a burst of creativity, change, cleansing rain, exploration of the earth's beauty in color and form. This bounty makes me grateful for what we have and the paths taken since "avoir 20 printemps". It's a blessing to be able to enjoy this rebirth et parler français.