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What Would You Love To Learn How To Do?
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Many of my readers already know I am pursuing learning German. It’s something that has been on my to do list for many years. It’s a big box to tick, but it’s not the only thing on that list. Frankly, I’m of the belief we should never stop learning, and life is best spent in the pursuit of expanding one’s mind. I’m an artist, so that makes sense that I would feel that way. It’s pretty ubiquitous!
The German learning is going very well, and I am hopeful that I will move onto learning Mandarin in a few years. Hopefully, trips will be in order when the language is better under my belt. I can’t express how good it feels to be able to read memes and articles in another language and actually understand things!
That brings me to another language that I have hoped to learn, but has really been tough to nail down. Although, in these last few years, I’ve noticed that my capacity has improved. Is that supposed to happen with age? Who knows.
What language am I talking about? Mathematics and the science of Physics. If I could learn anything at all, I would want to be a physicist. This is something that has niggled me for almost as long as German.
Math was very tough for me in school. It started with fractions and got worse. One might say that I just didn’t have a flare for it, but I believe in our human minds to learn anything. ANYTHING! If you put your mind to it, you can do it. Believe me. I am thoroughly impressed with how well I am picking up German with how little time I have to dedicate to the lessons (20 minutes a night). Why could I be doing so well? Because I am doing something I love and it engages me, and I am rewarded by being able to read and interact with others via the language. The same would be true with Physics.
Several years ago, I started studying much harder for the promotional exams at work. I’m a good writer, and the grammar and language portions of the exam were pretty well aced, with maybe one question wrong. Sadly, I was struggling in math and it was making my scores worthless. So naturally, you’d study the math and fix the issue? Exactly what I did. Ironically, grammar and language portions started to suffer. What the heck!? I have no idea what happened there, but once I started talking to folks about it, it pretty much righted itself. Probably just one of those what’s gonna be is gonna be. The powers that be were not in favor of me scoring higher and moving up at that time. Happily, that didn’t hold out, and I did get a major promotion a little over a year ago from a test that I got 100 on. I totally kicked that test’s butt. It’s one of the hardest tests my employer gives, so studying and going back to school really paid off. My performance was impeccable. And you know what? I was engaged and happy to do the work, because I felt confident in my knowledge, not to mention that there was a really great future reward to be had.
Will I get my math skills up to the level needed to do physics? I have no idea. I hope so. It would be amazing to really get it, and be able to fully understand the concepts. Not to mention being qualified to work on super important projects that would impact our world (like teaching it to my daughter who will be born in the late summer, and contributing to NASA or something!).
Which part of physics would I be most interested in? Theoretical Physics, of course!
Calculus kept me from my bio degree so far, but I could change that with this learning, too. Imagine having not two but three or four or more degrees! I’d really be fulfilling that life long dream of learning.
I wonder what the other authors want to learn. I’m super excited to find out. Let’s hop on over and see…
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P.J. MacLayne says
My theory is that language and math skills come from different parts of the brain and when one improves, the other suffers. Finding the spot that balances the two is hard!
Captain Maiel says
Math really is a language of it’s own, though. It does have a grammar.
Lela Markham says
Good, better, best … never let it rest. I once interviewed a man in his 80s who was walking for a degree in French, having started learning that language in his 60s. I kept track of him and he actually taught French at a local private school for three years before he “retired.” So we can keep on learning our whole lives.
Captain Maiel says
See! I knew I wasn’t wrong about this. 😀 I think this is a good thing for mental health, too. We should always strive to keep our minds active.