My experiences with Gaelic have been positive, given I have met some people along the way that I haven't gotten along with all that well but we wouldn't have gotten along no matter what, it wasn't about Gaelic. I do have a tendency to be a bit oblivious at times and for the most part I have been letting people who are interested in Gaelic come to me and perhaps that is why I have not had to deal with some of the negativity that others tell me they face regarding Gaelic.
The vehemence with which some people dislike Gaelic always surprises me.
There are plenty of languages that I have no interest in learning and cultures that I don't feel any connection to but I don't dislike them, I'm not against them, in fact I wish them well. I am not even against English, which would in fact be a bit strange as it is my first language, but it is an easy position to fall into when working with minority languages that have become such because of English.
My feeling right now is that I can't fight against English. It would be futile and, I feel, somewhat counter productive. Instead I put all my energy into doing positive things for Gaelic and enjoying the company of people who are doing likewise. Lets not worry about all the negative folks out there but rather spend our time doing what we love for the language we love and supporting things that expand the Gaelic world, like new books, new music, new plays or films or Gaelic yoga classes or what ever enables Gaelic speakers to use Gaelic in all areas of our lives.
Gura math theid leibh agus cumaibh suas a' Gàidhlig
Caroline has been involved with Gaelic for more than 18 years. She has degrees in Celtic Studies and Gaelic Medium Teaching.