I am not looking for a comfy couch learning curve. I am not looking for easy.
I have continued on my self Led Learning journey without letting my inexperience dissuade me or my limited time in university discourage me from pressing on.
I am a lot tougher than I look.
The most satisfying learning has come after the "pain" and discomfort of wading into arenas of study for which I was completely UNQUALIFIED.
I didn't worry about not understanding their new vocab. This was relatively easy to remedy. It was simply about immersion. Immersing myself in a world with new words and eventually the unfamiliar words began to become more familiar and their meaning came within my reach.
But I press on . i am not done.
Eventually The dots began to connect...the books I read...connected to the videos I was watching from M.I.T.online-courseware...and some of that knowledge connected to the news headlines.
Knowledge is circular. Expertise in one area of study leads to a better understanding of facts and strategies in other arenas of life.
Who knew? My self led learning is leading somewhere cool! Random dots connect....where I could more fully understand a foreign government's staffing appointment and how it might pertain to the stock market. It's not such a stretch. When you reach higher...for higher knowledge and wisdom...God responds.
I kept reading. I keep reading .I kept thinking. I keep thinking. I keep wearing earphones as I walk around the block. The air around that fills my lungs is not paying me to stagnate. This beautiful brain inside my middle age body ...has much room to grow. It is endless.
I have been given a second chance....because I believed that I could do it.
Time is so precious. One life. Live it fully.
I am writing to someone right now. You know who you are. You have begun to get a glimpse of your own potential and the sparks are beginning to fly. You have begun to read some books that are leading you beyond your family and friends. You are beginning to see that you can accomplish something great if you could just get around some better thinkers, better do-ers, better "hope-ers", better "believers".
You wander around the book store, looking for some mystical spirit to tell you which book to read.
I want to encourage you.
I want to encourage you to just start somewhere. Pick a book, and if you pick the "wrong" one...you will figure it out. This doesn't have to be a perfect journey. Your growth is not going to depend on just one book. You will need many books to get there. Perhaps you will write some day a new book that will help another human step up too.
Social media is not going to be the end all and the be all for you anymore. You are going to set goals and meet them....or tweak them and then meet the new better tweaked goal.
And here is the really cool part. Your journey, the one you started all alone, is going to bring you into contact with better people, people who celebrate your journey upwards and encourage you to fulfill your potential, no matter what your age is.
I celebrate you. I hope in you. I believe in you.
Now it is your turn to celebrate you.....and hope in you...and believe in yourself.