No matter, how much or little time you can carve out for Welsh - the most important thing is, that you practice your Welsh regularly...that you stay in the 'Welsh zone', even if it's just for a minute every day. This is something I have to keep telling myself all the time.
You are so right, learning physical skills and sports is very similar to learning a new language, that's my experience, too. I've always been totally passionate about the things I like and sometimes, I tend to lose my ability to see things in perspective and from a healthy distance. I so. so wanted to learn Welsh as quickly and 'perfectly' as possible, I put my heart and soul in it, and as a result, I started to hate my weak working memory and my slow way of learning. I took a time out to cool down...actually, I tried hard to convince myself that Welsh isn't for me. After trying to push learning Welsh out of my life and doing other things, I went back to listening to a Challenge, just for fun, of course. And you know what happened? - I was finally able to look a learning Welsh from a distance...and I realised that I felt closer to it than I did before.
I may sound completely nuts, but now that your focus in life has slightly shifted towards something else, Welsh has become a normal...a natural part of your life. It has been added to your core, like your mother-tongue, and you don't need to make it the main focus anymore, because it has become a part of you that cannot fade or go away anymore.
Wow, these are deep and wise words, Anthony. I've never thought about talent in this way. I looked at talent as something you are lucky to have been given or not. But it's so much more positive and helpful to think of talent as the result of ground work, as a solid base to resort to and to build on! Thank you so much!