One of the reasons I left my career on Wall Street was that my learning curve had inverted. By staying in my loop, I did not challenge myself to learn new things. I am learning new things by the hour now and it is exciting, but also very humbling.
I have been trying to learn enough Bahasa Indonesian to be conversational here in Bali and also when we head to other parts of Indonesia. I have been using stock tickers as ways to learn phrases and numbers - might as well put 22 years to good use.
Like English, there are many subtleties.
I had been saying "Salamat Tinggal" to people because it means "Goodbye" whenever I walked away from them. After a few days, one of the coordinators said to me: "Are you planning on never seeing me again?"
Apparently, that form of "Goodbye" means "So Long and I will never see you again."
"See you Later" is "Sampai Jumpa." So now I am saying that, but no wonder I was getting strange looks from people for days.
Each day I am being corrected and that is humbling and challenging.
But each day I am learning.