My high school experience was unfortunate, colored mostly by bad hair, poor clothing choices, and social awkwardness that prevented me from really taking myself serious.
I can’t say I liked high school, but I really liked college and graduate school because with all those things out of the way, I could enjoy just being a student.
I’m kind of a big geek, and I’m not saying this to be facetious. I was one of those students who looked forward to class and studying and tests. I didn’t have much of a social life because I’ve always been a bit of a bore and always too concerned, usually, overly concerned with what became of my professional future.
I’ve changed since motherhood. I don’t take myself as seriously and think less of the future as this thing that I should constantly panic and obsess over.
I’m older and have three children, but I still like learning new things and hearing new perspectives and being asked to state my opinion and write something down.
I love to learn. It makes me happy.
With motherhood, I have learned that in order to take part more in my love for learning, I have to create opportunities for myself to be a student. I have to make time for reading. I have to make time for writing. I have to make time for doing the things that make me happy as a woman. So, I do make time.
I’m taking a writing class now and have plans to take a class in photography and sewing and, maybe, cake decorating soon after I finish. I can’t say that I expect any tangible rewards at the end of all my self-paced “education” in things that interest me, I’m just enjoying the process and how I feel right now. And at this point in my life, that’s enough.
When’s the last time you took a class or workshop in something that you enjoyed? What kind of class/workshop did you take?