April 18, 2011

Mamavation Monday: I’m working on a Ph.D in Life

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The word School spelled in blocks photo

I have 3 degrees already, and I’ve joked with CycleGuy that I want to go back to school to get a Ph.D. But because I already have more degrees than he does, he says he gets first crack at the next graduate degree. That has always sounded fair. But I’m still hungry to learn. And to learn all the things I want won’t take me getting a Ph.D in one thing.

I’m a big believer in lifelong learning. My grandparents often took classes. My aunt and uncle traveled every year through the Elderhostel program, learning about new places and focusing on a new topic of interest. Seeing them continue learning throughout their ‘golden years’ impressed upon me not only the ability to pursue new things regardless of age, but also that learning can be fun.

One of my learning projects this year is photography. I’ve always admired people who could wield one of those fancy cameras. So this year I am learning to become a photographer. Maybe you’ve seen some of my photos? I’m participating in the 365 Project and documenting each day with a photograph (although I’m behind in posting them) as a way to practice daily. I help BabyGirl practice violin every day and I know the importance of doing this. It only makes sense that I do the same with my learning.

When I was in college I got a shirt that say “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” It’s a saying that always stuck with me. Learning may not always take a ton of money, but it always take time. Learning is an investment. An investment of time, always. Time I don’t always seem to have, although I know I need to make.

I could spend all day reading about new and cool things. I’ve cut down my magazine and journal subscriptions significantly. Although I still get more than 10 every month. BabyGirl once called me an information hound. I couldn’t really argue with her.

When I start to think I don’t have time for learning, I know I’m kidding myself. There is always time to learn, it’s just a matter of priorities. One of the great things about learning, too, is that there are opportunities to meet new people. It’s through learning how to blog that I’ve met you!

If you ever hear yourself saying you don’t have time to learn, stop for a moment as say it again. The second time be more in the moment. Do you really have so much going on that you can’t learn something you want? Maybe it’s a matter of prioritizing. If you’re like me, there is an ongoing “Things I Want To Learn” list.

Again, it comes back to the ‘Someday’. Sure, someday I’ll get around to learning all the things I want. In the meantime, though, I need to start somewhere. There are times I dive in to multiple points of learning. Unlike college though, when signing up for 6 classes seemed normal, I need to pace myself with just a very few things at a time.

Come, join me on this journey for a Ph.D. in Life! What will you learn next?

This post is linked to Mamavation Monday. I am a member of the Mamavation Sistahood!

Photo Credit: Public Domain

Sara

{ 5 comments }

Ariana April 18, 2011 at 5:56 am

That is wonderful! I am a huge believer in education!!!
there is a saying back in Russia very similar to yours
learning is light, ignorance is darkness!!!

Francesca April 18, 2011 at 9:48 am

Awww, good for you! I myself experienced procrastinating, when it comes to learning new things. I found myself making excuses like “I’m too busy.” Fortunately, like you, I found the determination to get a move on, and I finally picked up a tennis racket and learned how to play (and in turn, get into shape.) I hope this post inspires others to do the same. 🙂

Li April 18, 2011 at 10:53 am

I need the “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance,” Tshirt. I’d like to give it to someone in particular right now. LOL

But you’re right, learning is an amazing experience and such a great way to meet like minded people (just like thru my trial and error process with blogging I also met you!) …and that experience of relationship building is also a learning experience. I’ve met you once IRL, and how often do I write a post, or something happens in my life and I think… I wonder what Sara would say. 😉

Priorizing is something I’m still learning… but I’d like to thank you for this post. Because it has motivated me on a day in which, I think it would take just one more straw to break this camels back. So thank you amiga. From the bottom of my heart.

I won’t give up. I will keep on learning.

Best,
Li

Honey April 19, 2011 at 11:02 pm

I love how you look at things. There is always time to learn something new. I love your photos. You are doing a really good job.

Blessings
Honey

kia April 20, 2011 at 10:13 am

I had to stop in my PhD after I made PhDc due to a bad car accident and recovery. I don’t want to go back but there are a few other things I am looking at.

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