Summer is over, and Autumn is here. Kids have gone back to school. So Ms. Rorybore has asked the “Coffee Chat” question: “What would you like to learn now?”
There are many things that I wish I had learned when I was young. I wish that I had been given the opportunity to learn how to swim. When I was a child we moved so much and so often that it was too tumultuous for things like that.
I would have liked to learn how to crochet, too. However, there was no one available to teach me that. I did teach myself how to sew by hand, including crewel and embroidery. I also taught myself macramé. I would have appreciated music lessons, but was happy to be in school choirs throughout my childhood. School choirs were always available and easy to join.
At this point in my life, I know I will not learn to swim. I doubt I will ever crochet or play an instrument, either. I am comfortable with this knowledge. However, there are many things that I have learned throughout my life, some through research, and others through opportunity. Often, one lesson led to another.
I have an endless curiosity, so I am always looking to learn new things. Friends have often teased me about my treasure trove of facts and information. I am always looking things up after hearing about something that piques my curiosity. I want to know and understand as much as possible. I like to share what I know because I like to learn from others, too. Sharing knowledge benefits us all.
I always cherish the things that I learn through opportunity. I have learned much by watching and observing. Nature has been a great teacher. I watched a caterpillar form its chrysalis, and then I waited patiently for it to emerge as a butterfly. I learned animal behavior by watching both wildlife and domestic animals. I have studied human behavior by observing and paying close attention.
As I learn something, it inevitably leads to learning something else. It becomes a chain of lessons, each link valuable in itself, but priceless as a whole. The more I learn, the more I want to learn. Yet, the more I know, the more I realize there is so much I still do not know. So, I seek to keep learning.
I have always loved books for this very reason. Reading is knowledge. In addition, we now have the ease of the Internet. The great thing about the Internet is the wealth of information that it offers with links to websites, images, and videos. I make use of them all. I learn a lot from my blog friends, too. The Internet has linked us all together in another unique chain.
So, for me it is a lifelong quest to learn whatever I can as I am presented with the opportunity. The opportunities are truly endless and I am an eager and attentive student.