In Mandarin, there is a saying, 饮水思源. It means, when you have a drink of water, to remember its source and count your blessings.
I am very much a novice Japanese learner, barely a few chapters into my Genki I books, but occasionally, it feels so defeating, so tedious like no progress is being made, especially when you look at chunks of paragraphs and have no idea what it means.
I had a rough day at work today, so I decided to take a break from studying Japanese. I listened to my playlists and the song "Daddy Daddy Do" by Masayuki Suzuki and Airi Suzuki came on. While listening to it, while it was true I didn't really understand entire sentences, I found I could identify words here and there, like "I have no idea what this sentence means, but the subject of the sentence is "that smile"." or "...The topic of that sentence is "Those eyes"."
It doesn't really mean anything, really, but I came out of that song feeling just a tad more excited about learning Japanese than I was going in, that it felt good to at least be able to go "Yeah, I did learn something after all."
So I hope this helps everyone here, of all levels, if you're feeling down, to find that little spark of excitement, to count your blessings and the steps it has taken you to get here to help you re-find the motivation to move forwards. Ganbatte!