The Educated Ape

April 25, 2018

I know, I know, it's been awhile.

Hi. How are you?

 

What can I say? I've been busy! Being a full time student pursuing multiple degrees and working full time (yoga teachers don't have office hours) isn't easy, but I'm grateful to not be doing it the way my mother did - as a single mother with a toddler. My mother was the first person in my life to stress the importance of education. I watched her receive her Juris Doctorate when I was fifteen and the experience profoundly shaped my understanding of where education can take you. Not because it will make you a corporate lawyer or a neurosurgeon or get you a yacht (although you can certainly take it there if you like) but because it forces you to be uncomfortable. It encourages you to grow.  

 

While I may have rejected the idea of repeating my mother’s scholastic struggles as a teenager, the older I become the more I see the far reaching implications and necessity for pursuing education. This importance is highlighted in an era where information (for better or worse) is at our fingertips. Our ability to approach a subject or question objectively, without simply finding the answers that sound good to us and moving on, is a skill which education seeks to cultivate and sharpen.

 

Not all educational avenues are perfect, and not every path is right for every person. Some people will grow more while mastering a trade or an art than after donning a white lab coat. Some may find more joy through practicing the cello or writing an aria than others might out of publishing a paper in a prestigious journal on the interneurons of fruit flies. Some people will design skyscrapers and others will build cakes. All ways of learning are valid, and everything you learn is important.

 

Try. Fail. Learn. Try again. Learn to surf, learn to knit, learn to build a rocket ship, it doesn't matter. Just learn something new. All require dedication, resilience, patience, and a willingness to learn.

 

Learning is not the acquisition of knowledge. It is something more. It is a practice.

 

My hope is that everyday I am given a chance to learn, to grow and to love. Perhaps even to share that love of learning with you.

 

“The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.” 
― T.H. White, The Once and Future King

 

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