Fun Monday rolls around again and this Monday really IS fun if you're a mom who's had a kid home all summer. School starts today!!! I am so happy - and my son is so bummed. I think that once he gets back in the groove, he'll feel better though.
Our host this week is a lifelong learner, herself - Faye at Summit Musings - who wants to know:
I'm asking you to share your thoughts on lifelong learning:--Do you still think of yourself as a student? A lifelong learner?--If so, what would you like to learn?
Interesting topic, Faye!
I consider myself a fairly educated person. I did not get a college degree, though I did get through a year and a half of community college before making the mistake of getting married. I am, however, an avid reader. I love books. And newspapers. I am one of the few people I know who still gets a daily newspaper delivered to her house. There is something inherently satisfying in holding the paper in your hands as opposed to sitting at a computer.
If I had it all to do over again, I would have worked harder in high school. I have an IQ of 144, but I sure didn't use it back then. I was more concerned about my boyfriend and my job and my friends than pushing those straight A's I earned into actually meaning something. And I would have gone to college instead of getting married. I would have had a career that made money and had a bit of status.
But time doesn't move backwards in any given lifetime... it only pushes forward, and it is up to us as to how we spend that time and what we learn before we die.
At the moment, I am learning all manner of practical things. I can change out a toilet and install a new faucet. I am an expert interior painter. I've installed a wood laminate floor and fixed several vacuum cleaners. This past weekend, I learned to cook two new kinds of quiche (I am not much of a cook).
In the near future, I will learn exterior painting (thanks, Mom and Dad), cabinet refinishing, vinyl removal and installation, how to knock a hole in an exterior wall on purpose. All lessons of the practical, maintenance of your home kind.
But there are other lessons to be learned. Recent professional lessons have included how to change programming from one analog stream to four digital ones and make all the automation work in the right places at the right times. New ones will include new digital edge servers, living without satellite feeds, and how to transfer programming online rather than calling FedEx. Those lessons are out there waiting until the techonology arrives and things start getting hooked up.
But I think the most valuable lessons I learn come to me on a daily basis. How to be a good mother. How to encourage my husband. How to heal my body. How to tolerate people I'd rather not associate with. How to make my parents feel loved. How to be a good friend.
One day, I hope to resume my formal education. The one thing my grandmother wanted me to do was to get my degree. It's taking me a long time to get there, but I want that too. My life is very full at the moment, but one day, in the not too distant future, holes will open up in my schedule. My son won't need me as much and I'll have a little more time for myself.
I am dreading and looking forward to that day.