I've been struck by how little Gaelic I've been speaking lately.
In fact, I haven't spoken any for over a month.
By this, I mean real, face-to-face Gaelic, with a real person.
I use Gaelic every day in online conversations, and hear it via Raidio nan Gaidheal, or BBC Alba where a month's worth of recordings are usually gorged in one sitting (on account of the fact that I don't sit down very often). I have plenty Gaelic-speaking friends, although few living here in Moray. I have family and work commitments which prioritise my time just now, so organising visits to friends can be a little complicated. However, I am blessed with the 'Cèilidh Gene', passed down to me by my late father, who loved meeting people and getting their stories, therefore the drive to connect with other people is strong.
But I need to get on with it.
So, to the title of my post - Mìos na Gàidhlig /Month of Gaelic.
I've been noticing for a while that my use of Gaelic has been quite passive, that I am a spectator and not a participant. And, I am using it less and less. If I am to keep my Gaelic (and improve as learner), I have to prioritise Gaelic.Cleachd i no caill i (Use it or lose it) as the saying goes.
In short, it has to be a lifestyle choice.
So, starting today, for the next 30 days, I aim to speak Gaelic face-to-face with someone every day.