My native language is German. I’m living in Germany. So why am I writing this blog in English first?
There are a few reasons for that – reduced emotionality of using your second language, audience and sources.
Here they are in order of increasing importance:
Be it for availability or because I like to read things in the original, if I can, most of what I read about mindfulness and psychology is in English. Which makes it easier to write in English just because I don’t have to look up the vocabulary.
Vanity & Reach: Audiences
English is the de facto world language. There are a lot first language speakers and a lot more who learn it as a second language for learning, travelling or business. English therefore gives me a much larger potential audience. And therefore a lot more people I might help.
And I’d like to be read – which writer does not?
Taking Care of Myself: Reduced Emotionality
Research and my personal experience concur: Using your second language, if you did not grow up bi-lingual, creates a certain emotional distance between you and whatever you talk about. “Ich liebe dich” feels more intense to me than “I love you”.
And since I writing about mental health and mindfulness is sure to dredge up a lot of things that are bound hit very close to home, English makes it actually easier to talk about them.
Bonus Reason: I’m scared
This kind of ties in with the last reason: I’m scared when I’m thinking about sharing what I’ve learned and my personal experience. Question like “Who am I to tell the world about mental health?” and “Is anything I talk about worthwhile or helpful?” nag at me. But they nag less when I write in English. Because it feels less real, because the emotionality of it all is reduced.
There you have it, short and sweet.
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