Monday, March 26, 2012

Eternal student

I am home after taking my Seamanship exam.  I'm glad to be done with courses for a while.  I will have a few months off before I go to Sea School in the middle of June with the goal of getting my Captain's license.  I don't think that I will use the license in a professional capacity.  It's one of those bucket list things that I want to do.

I seem to be the eternal student of something.  I keep telling myself that I won't take another course and yet, after a few months, I'm ready to sign up again.  After Sea School, then I think that I will take a photography course or two.  Also, I want to become a vessel examiner.  Whew--lots of interests that seem to keep me studying something.  Maybe I am meant to be a jack of all trades or perhaps a dilettante.

One of the great things about having free time is that I get to explore new avenues of study.  I don't have to juggle so many commitments as when I was working full time.  I'm not sure that I have the drive anymore to put all the newly learned things towards a second career.  In fact, I can tell you that I don't have that drive.  I simply want to be learning these things because they interest me.

Next week, on Monday nights,  instead of going to a lecture, I'll be back at my home group meeting.  I have missed being away from the small group of friends that attend there.  I suppose that I will be an eternal student of Al-Anon as well. I keep going back for lots of reasons, not the least of which is my tendency to resort to old behavior patterns and ways of thinking.  It takes a while to change a lifetime of reacting to circumstances.  I am comfortable with the message, and no matter how hard I try to be perfect, I realize that this is one thing that I can't achieve through study.

“Be a Student of the Game. Like most cliches of sport, this is profound. You can be shaped, or you can be broken. There is not much in between. Try to learn. Be coachable. Try to learn from everybody, especially those who fail. This is hard." ~David Foster Wallace


  1. It takes a while to change a lifetime of reacting to circumstances.---tru that man...

    and i hope i never stop being that student...

  2. Forever learning is a good way to stay alive!

  3. know what you like and like what you know. Yeah Syd keeping your self busy is different than being busy. The first has less stress.

  4. Keeps your brain all nice and plastic and stuff. And open. Which is very, very good.

  5. I like studying and learning too. Good for you for perusing your interests.

  6. I'm so like this Syd -- right now I long to be able to go out and become a food historian because the stories behind food interest me so much. I can't afford to study formally but I can read and put down my thoughts on paper, listen to debates among food historians. And like you I'm lucky in that I got to be able to do what I enjoy doing in life, writing and studying.

  7. Learning helps to keep our mind young. I love to learn. I'm finding I want to learn more about my interests in slightly different ways, not necessarily in a traditional classroom.

    Love the quote... be coachable made me think of being teachable. I enjoy being willing.

  8. I can REALLY relate to being a lifetime student Syd, so very much...


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